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Jon Jones Confirms Talks of Cross-Sports Bouts, Showdown With Tyson Fury in the Making.

Published 06/16/2023, 10:15 AM EDT

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In recent years, the world of combat sports has witnessed a surge in crossover events, pitting athletes from different disciplines against each other. Now, the potential clash between UFC champion Jon Jones and heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has ignited a fierce rivalry that has taken social media by storm. Moreover, with talks of a two-fight deal involving boxing and MMA, the prospect of seeing these two formidable fighters face off has fight enthusiasts buzzing.

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For weeks, Jones and Fury have engaged in a heated exchange on social media, trading verbal jabs and fueling speculation of a potential matchup. While the fans initially dismissed the possibility as mere banter, recent comments from UFC President Dana White have added fuel to the fire. In addition, it looks like the UFC heavyweight champion has confirmed talks of a cross-sports bout which will take place both in the squared circle as well as in the Octagon.

Jon Jones and Tyson Fury set to ignite a cross-sport showdown


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During a recent encounter in Atlanta, a reporter claimed that Jones confirmed the ongoing talks and even showed text messages between himself and Tyson Fury to him. The proposed agreement would involve one boxing match followed by one MMA bout, with Jones expressing no hesitation to step into the boxing ring against Fury first.

Just ran into the GOAT @JonnyBones in Atlanta. The talks between him and @Tyson_Fury are very much real. He showed me the text messages between them. 1 boxing fight. 1 MMA Fight. Jon wants a money fight & has no issues going into the lions den against Tyson in a boxing ring 1st.” the post read


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Jones will be attending PFL5 to support his teammate Maurice Greene. However, the former champion Francis Ngannou will also be present in the arena adding another layer of intrigue to this possible crossover fight. “The Gypsy King’ on the other hand is also confident he could beat both Jones and Ngannou, even offering to face both fighters on the same night.

Tyson Fury issues a massive challenge

The WBC heavyweight champion recently took to social media and called out the MMA legends for a fight. In a video Fury can be heard calling out both Jones and Ngannou for a match in just one night.

“Here’s a thought, how about this. How about I fight Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou on the same night. How about that? That’s how much I value them two bums. Get up! Let’s go boys.” said Fury


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As talks continue to intensify, the potential matchup promises to be a blockbuster event. Moreover, with the possibility of a two-fight deal involving both boxing and MMA, the stakes are higher than ever. Whether this rivalry translates into an epic showdown remains to be seen. However, one thing is certain, the collision of dominant forces in combat sports would undoubtedly make for a thrilling spectacle.

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Written by:

Sahil Sood


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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering live events and core sports. Sahil holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has authored over 1300 articles at EssentiallySports. His coverage of Sylvester Stallone's training with Earnie Shavers was widely praised for its depth and insight.
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