On Saturday night, the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) will not be facing a boxer, but a former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou live on ESPN+ PPV. The fight will take place in Saudi Arabia, and the winner will be considered “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” Although hardcore boxing fans don’t favor these crossover fights, it’ll be a global event that will interest casual fans still wondering if an MMA fighter can beat a boxer.
Fury has a real fight, which would be for the undisputed crown with Oleksandr Usyk on the horizon, but must first face Ngannou in a boxing ring. Some serious marketing dollars have been put behind this fight, and the result will be a global audience on Saturday night. With Mike Tyson in his corner, can Ngannou beat the ‘Gypsy King’? Will we see Fury knockout Ngannou, sending social media on fire? These are all things to look out for when these two heavyweights meet in the ring this weekend.
EARTH. SHAKING.— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) October 11, 2023
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TYSON FURY VS. FRANCIS NGANNOU BETTING ODDS
Per BetOnline.ag, Tyson Fury is the favorite at -1500, and Francis Ngannou is the underdog at +800.
TYSON FURY VS. FRANCIS NGANNOU FIGHT DATE, START TIME
- Date: Saturday, October 28
- Time: 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT
- Main event ringwalks (approx): 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT
These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.
WHAT CHANNEL/STREAM IS TYSON FURY VS. FRANCIS NGANNOU?
- U.S.: ESPN+ PPV ($79.99)
- UK: TNT Sports Box Office PPV
- All regions except U.K., U.S., Ireland & Canada: DAZN
TYSON FURY VS. FRANCIS NGANNOU FIGHT CARD
- Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou; Heavyweight
- Fabio Wardley vs. David Adeleye; Heavyweight
- Joseph Parker vs. Simon Kean; Heavyweight
- Arslanbek Makhmudov vs. Junior Anthony Wright; Heavyweight
- Moses Itauma vs. Istvan Bernath; Heavyweight
- Carlos Takam vs. Martin Bakole; Heavyweight
- Jack McGann vs. Alcibiade Duran Galvan; Super welterweight