Fury & Ngannou Prepare To Headline
Saturday's Heavyweight Extravaganza
WBC & lineal heavyweight boxing world champion Tyson “The
Gypsy King” Fury, lineal MMA heavyweight world champion
Francis Ngannou, and undercard combatants hosted their
public workouts today ahead of The Battle of The Baddest
this Saturday, Oct. 28, at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi
The long-awaited battle of behemoths kicks off Riyadh
Season, one of the world’s leading entertainment festivals,
which runs throughout the winter months in the Kingdom’s
Promoted by Queensberry, Top Rank and GIMIK Fight
Promotions, the Fury-Ngannou card will stream live on Top
Rank on ESPN+ PPV in the United States beginning at 2 p.m.
ET/11 a.m. PT. Priced at $79.99 across all distributors, it
also will be available via cable and satellite pay-per-view
The pay-per-view undercard will be an all-heavyweight affair
and will feature a 12-round showdown between undefeated
British standouts Fabio Wardley (16-0, 15 KOs) and David
Adeleye (12-0, 11 KOs) and a 10-rounder between former
heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker (32-3, 22 KOs) and
Canadian knockout artist Simon Kean (23-1, 22 KOs).
Montreal-based wrecking ball Arslanbek Makhmudov (17-0, 16
KOs) will fight the upset-minded Junior Anthony Wright
(20-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round tilt, and Moses Itauma (5-0,
3 KOs) will open the pay-per-view broadcast in a six-rounder
against Istvan Bernath (10-1, 8 KOs).
This is what Fury and Ngannou had to say after their
"I showed the best version of me, and if he can deal with
that, best of luck to him."
"I was in there floating like a butterfly. Nineteen stone,
can you believe that? And 6-foot-9. And moving like that!
That's shocking. It's not fair, really!"
"It's happening. He's the bull, I'm the matador! 99.999
percent of the time, the matador wins!"
"Francis Ngannou is a big, fat sausage. That's why he won't
take his top off. He's embarrassed of his body. If it was up
to Francis, he'd fight with his t-shirt on. Facts!
"To be honest, I haven't gotten any respect from the boxing
community, so I am not expecting anybody to respect me. I
think I need to claim my own respect. Respect is not given.
You don't just walk out there and demand people to respect
you for no reason. I think respect is earned, whether it's
the boxing community or life in general."
"Yes, I am going to fight, and if that big shot comes, it
comes. If it doesn't come, I really intend to fight
"Anything is possible. It's possible. Otherwise, I wouldn't
be here. In fact, see how we are talking about Tyson Fury?
Who would've believed that a couple years ago?
"I was having fun. I almost wanted to just dance. Then I
realized that I would show them my dance skills. And I was
like, 'nah, I don't have any!''"