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  Tyson Fury & Francis Ngannou
Meet Face-To-Face In London


Lineal & WBC heavyweight boxing champion Tyson ďThe Gypsy KingĒ Fury and lineal heavyweight MMA king Francis Ngannou met face-to-face today at the kickoff press conference for the most anticipated combat sports event of the year.

Fury and Ngannou will collide in a 10-round boxing match on Saturday, October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in an epic showdown between two giants of their fields, which will mark the opening of this yearís Riyadh Season. The fight will take place under the official rules of professional boxing, with the three ringside judges using the 10-point must system.

This clash of heavyweight titans is promoted by Queensberry, Top Rank and Ngannouís promotional banner, GIMIK Fight Promotions.

Fury-Ngannou will be available on pay-per-view in the United States.

At today's press conference, this is what Fury, Ngannou and Hall of Fame promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren had to say:

Tyson Fury


ďIím absolutely honored to be fighting Francis. Heís going to be a very, very good fighting man. You can see that heís massive. Heís in shape. Heís going to be a real challenge. Itís something different for me. Iím used to boxing boxers and boxing the head off of somebody. But fighting an MMA guy who comes in with a different style is going to be different."

ďI canít wait for it. Itís going to be an absolutely fantastic event. Iím honored that Iím a part of it, and Iím honored that Francis is a part of it. Iíve got to take my hat off to Francis for his story, where heís come from, the fight, the grind, the determination and everything heís put into it to get to where he is.Ē

"I will give Francis the respect that he deserves as a warrior, as a man and as a world champion. He's a big man. He's very strong and powerful. And it's in my interest to give it the 100 percent training in camp and bring in the best sparring possible for me."

Francis Ngannou


"I am very excited. I am very happy. I have been dreaming of becoming a boxer since I was a kid. And today, Iím not just going to box; Iím going to box the guy at the peak of the mountain. Usually, I would not pay attention to what is going around. But this thing is so big that I canít stop thinking about it. History is going to be made."

"Itís something that I didnít see coming, even though my dream was always there. I always hoped for it to happen some day. But I didnít see it lay out this way as one of the biggest events of the world. This is not just a fight. We are going to open up Riyadh Season. So, it is a cultural event that we are fighting on. And weíll just make this fight bigger and bigger. Nobody knows exactly whatís going to happen, but what I do know for sure is that Iím going to be out there hunting for that guyís head to take it off. I can guarantee that.Ē

Bob Arum

"This is a massive event around the world, but itís particularly massive in the United States because MMA has become one of the most popular sports there and Francis Ngannou is a legend in that sport. And Tyson has performed so admirably in the United States over the past few years that he is a massive figure in sports. The fact that theyíre both coming together is something that is creating tremendous interest in the United States.Ē

Frank Warren

"This is a massive event. This is the biggest event Iíve ever been involved with. Itís a crossover event. Youíve got a guy who is the best in his discipline. He is the heavyweight champion. And youíve got the man, the lineal champion, Tyson Fury, who has done everything you can ask for in a fighter. Heís an undefeated champion, a brilliant boxer and fighter. He can box or he can stand and trade with you. This is going to be something special."



 

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