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Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou: Date, times, undercard and how to watch

Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, perhaps even Dubois or Andy Ruiz Jr. There were many fights fans would have liked to see Tyson Fury take this year. None could have predicted what is an unprecedented crossover battle, putting two heavyweights of sport, quite literally, together.

Yes, the Battle of the Baddest is all set for Riyadh, where the Gypsy King will go head-to-head with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou. So, here’s all you need to know about the fight…

When is Tyson Fury vs. FrancisNgannou?

Fight night is set for October 28, after talks with a potential bout with Joshua broke down with Fury. The fight will see Fury fight in Saudi Arabia for the first time, taking place in the capital, Riyadh.

The Saturday night bout has yet to announce a start time, but we can expect a ring walk at around 10pm UK time

Time ZoneEstimated Start Time
Riyadh (GMT+3)12:00 AM
GMT+1 - UK10:00 PM
PT - USA2:00 PM
ET - USA5:00 PM
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How to watch Fury vs. Ngannou - TV channel & live stream

A bit of a Marmite contest for many, it will prove an intriguing watch. We’ve not seen a crossover at this weight in quite the same fashion, while promoter Frank Warren has claimed it will be a 12-round bout with boxing rules. It is not, at present, an exhibition fight. Fury’s titles will not be on the line, as Ngannou isn’t ranked in a boxing capacity. 

How to watch Fury vs. Ngannou in the UK

TNT Sports has the broadcast rights for the fight in the UK, with a cost still to be announced. Previous pay-per-view boxing matches on TNT Sports have averaged around £20.00, so we can expect a similar price for the Fury vs. Ngannou fight.

How to watch Fury vs. Ngannou in the US

For US viewers, the fight is set for ESPN+, with the full undercard also broadcast on the channel. ESPN+ costs $9.99 per month, or you can choose an annual subscription for $99.99. ESPN+ also offer a trio bundle with Disney+ and Hulu for $12.99 per month.

Fury vs. Ngannou undercard

The undercard for Fury vs Ngannou is stacked full of heavyweight bouts, with big names involved, including Joseph Parker, Simon Keane and Fabio Wardley among others.

You can see the undercard lineup for Fury vs Ngannou below.

Weight classFightRounds
HeavyweightTyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou10
HeavyweightFabio Wardley vs David Adeleye12
HeavyweightJoseph Parker vs Simon Kean10
HeavyweightCarlos Takam vs Martin Bakole10
HeavyweightArslanbek Makhmudov vs Junior Anthony Wright Jr10
HeavyweightMoses Itauma vs Istvan Bernath6
Super-welterweightJack McGann vs Alcibiade Duran8

Fury vs Ngannou pre-fight press conference

The pre-fight press conference was full of intrigue, with the typically vocal John Fury by Tyson Fury's side and legendary heavyweight champion Tyson Fury serving as a hype man for Francis Ngannou.

Watch the press conference below.

Tale of the tape: Fury vs. Ngannou

It’s fair to say when it comes to experience in the ring, the pair are poles apart. The Cameroonian MMA fighter nicknamed The Predator holds the record for the World’s Hardest Punch. Which Tyson certainly won’t want to get caught by. 

Fury has both the height and reach advantage, making him a firm favourite for the fight with pundits and bookmakers alike. Fury himself has produced some minor miracles in the ring, though, and in heavyweight boxing, you do not know. 

Statistic Tyson FuryFrancis Ngannou

Age

35

37

Height

2.06m

1.93m

Reach

216cm

211cm

Stance

Orthodox

Orthodox

Total Fights

34

0

Wins

34

0

Wins by KO

24

0

Losses

0

0

Draws

0

0

Form coming into the fight

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Of course, it’s difficult to know what to expect from the MMA man. He’s never fought as a boxer before, and even in the Octagon, he hasn’t seen any action since January last year.

What we do know about him is that he’s a hard hitter, with 11 of his 17 wins in his own discipline coming from knockout punches. His last big hit came in March 2021 to take the UFC Championship belt, knocking out Stipe Miocic less than a minute into the second round. 

He’s been training with Mike Tyson in preparation for the fight with Fury, so they’ll be pulling together a plan that will undoubtedly revolve around power.

On the other hand, Tyson Fury continues to prove himself as one of the best fighters of his generation, putting on a dominant display at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last time out against Derek Chisora. That was almost 12 months ago, but since his comeback trail back in 2018, there have been few times where he hasn’t looked dominant. Is that going to change against a recently released UFC fighter? We’ll let you be the judge of that.

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