Tyson Fury Said He’ll Face Francis Ngannou Next Year

Tyson Fury is already looking ahead of his fight against Dillian Whyte.

Instead, Fury is thinking about the rumored crossover fight with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, fueling the rumors even more by revealing a possible date and venue.

“I am going to fight Francis Ngannou in Las Vegas next year – in March or February,” Fury told IFL TV.

“There’s been no talks this year, because I have got some boxing to do, But next year we can have some crazy fights.

“It’s a massive fight – I believe it breaks all pay-per-view records in the United States. Two heavyweight champions going head-to-head.”

Fury is scheduled to face Whyte, the mandatory challenger and interim heavyweight champion on April 23 in the U.K.

Reports have suggested that Whyte has still yet to sign the contract for the bout – some fans concluding because Whyte is unhappy with his 20% purse cut – but he has until the WBC deadline of February 21.

Fury’s U.S. co-promoter Bob Arum recently claimed Whyte asked for more money to actively promote the unification fight, but Arum said that request was denied.

Meanwhile, Ngannou is coming off his first successful title defense against interim champion Ciryl Gane, winning the feat via unanimous decision.

The Cameroonian fighter has been at a standstill with the UFC because he requested boxing as an option on his contract, along with bigger payouts over $600,000, which is how much he reportedly made off his last fight.

The only UFC fighter to crossover into a boxing match was former double champion Conor McGregor in 2017. McGregor fought boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and lost, but was given a lucrative payday.

Since Ngannou won, his UFC contract has been extended to either three fights or one year. It’s unclear if UFC president Dana White and the promotion will grant Ngannou’s wish.

Fury’s management, on the other hand, has expressed their all for the crossover match.

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