The announcement followed in the aftermath of Fury’s breakdown in talks with Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight bout.
The two will box ten rounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, although it’s still not clear if the bout will count towards Fury’s record.
And in the process, Bellew didn’t mince his words.
“It’s a cash grab from both ends. I don’t believe Francis Ngannou thinks he’s going to win…In boxing, it’s all about the technique, style, and mechanics you use to get the job done – he has none of them,” Bellew
In addition, Bellew also suggested that Fury had ducked Usyk. The Ukrainian had accepted a 70-30 split to fight the ‘Gypsy King’ in April at Wembley.
However, the fight still did not get made with many believing Fury had moved the goalposts.
“This guy had his bluff called by Oleksandr Usyk who got thrown a bone at 30 per cent [purse split]. Guess what? He bit. He took it and they still found a way to back out. I think it’s a bit of a joke,” Bellew
Despite this being the case, Ngannou will be getting a massive payday. His manager, Marquel Martin, confirmed as much, showing that the former UFC heavyweight champion’s stock had risen.
“Let’s just say this: The bag is so big, he may actually just drop it on the way to the bank. Let’s just say that. I don’t know what the haters are trying to say right now, I kind of just blocked it out, but they’ll just be proven wrong again. This is life-changing,” Martin said