“Actually Gives Francis a Chance” – Tyson Fury Calls Mike Tyson for Francis Ngannou Fight As Gypsy King Sells Special Boxing Bout to His Fans

Published 01/21/2023, 8:36 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 01: Tyson Fury looks on during the Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte press conference at Wembley Stadium on March 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

The current era belongs to the free agents in combat sports. After teasing a potential fight against Jon Jones, the former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou left the promotion, joining the likes of Nate Diaz as a free agent. While certainty lacks about the Cameroon fighter, he found himself challenged by the ‘Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury. Interestingly, the heavyweight boxer put an exciting offer on the table with a potential fight in Queensbury. However, instead of the MMA fighter making the transition to the boxing ring, it is the boxing champion who proposed a bout inside a steel cage. In addition, another selling point of the fight includes Mike Tyson officiating as the referee.

Appearing in an interview with Radio Rahim, the Brit disclosed his future fight plans with Oleksandr Usyk. While the showdown with the Ukrainian fighter is still in development, a money fight involving the two biggest stars of their respective sports also seems a compelling option.

Tyson Fury throws a challenge to the former UFC champ


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The 34-year-old boxer told the interviewee, “Francis Ngannou, I know you’re out of contract with uh the UFC. You want to run some big boy money? Come see the Gypsy King and let’s do a big big fight for the baddest MF on the planet.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“And let’s kick it up spicy in a cage four ounce gloves under Queensbury. And let’s have a badass referee like Iron Mike Tyson. Whoa, did I just sell that to the world!”, he added later on.

The announcement evoked interesting responses from the fans who advised the Manchester-born to not avoid the Ukrainian fighter.

Fans reacting to Fury throwing a money fight challenge

Replying to the interview video, a user commented, “The funniest man in the boxing world. Tyson Fury.”

Similarly, a fan remarked, “So much for everyone saying he’s on holiday avoiding usyk 🤔😂”


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Another fan took a dig at the boxing star and thus, they announced, “Francis is not fighting fury because fury only fights with opponents he can beat easily.”

A user seems excited about the prospect of the involvement of ‘Iron’ Mike. Thus, they said, “Fury knows how to promote a fight. With Mike Tyson as referee..wooow”

A comment read, “Tyson is very happy with someone else he can sell the fight and then outbox. 0% risk.”

A fan pointed out the best way to digest a Tyson fury interview.

A comment declared, “Tyson ‘it’s not about money’ Fury”

A fan mentioned having Tyson as a ref would be fun.


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Francis Ngannou last graced the Octagon when he defeated Ciryl Gane and successfully defended his title at UFC 270.


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Rohit Lohan

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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his undergraduate as a History major, he is currently pursuing LLB. Rohit is a big MMA fan and has been following UFC since 2017.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana