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Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou “event” confirmed as non-title bout, Team Usyk say Fury swerved the unified champ

Tyson Fury. Photo credit: Getty Images

The co-promoter of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) has explained why the green belt will not be on the line when the undefeated Brit goes up against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou 0-0 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 28.

Frank Warren confiemd the bout would not be an exhibition as widely rumoured but would take place under traditional boxing rules including the 10-point must system, judges and three minutes rounds, although the number of rounds is yet to be revealed.

“There won’t be any belts on the line because the guy is not ranked, but we’re not selling it as that, it’s an event,” Warren said to talkSPORT.

“We’re not saying he’s in the ratings and he won’t be in the ratings, it is what it is. It’s a crossover event between two guys from two different disciplines.”

In boxing circles Fury vs Ngannou is seen as a novelty at best and a circus act at worst. But Warren says the fight only came about after other top boxers including Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, Zhilei Zhang and Andy Ruiz refused to fight him.

“These are two guys who are the best in their relative sports, that is what they are. One is the champion of UFC, he has the Guinness World Record as the hardest-ever puncher and he is with Tyson,” Warren said.

“Let me tell you, why did we make the fight? Because we tried to make the fight with Usyk, we tried to make the fight with Joshua and neither of them wanted to know. Who else is out there? First of all, this whole division was stagnant, stagnant. Everybody was waiting for a big show in December.

“We were told, a couple of weeks ago, that this is being pushed back to the autumn of 2024. So what are supposed to do? Sit around waiting? They said nothing could be done in Saudi, well something is being done in Saudi.”

While Fury is set to face a boxing debutant in his next outing, WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) is deep in training for the second defence of his unified crown against Daniel Dubois 19-1 (18) in Wroclaw, Poland on August 26.

Fury and Usyk were involved in protracted negotiations for a fight for much of this year with the discussion eventually amounting to nought.

Alex Krassyuk, the promoter of the 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw, insists the fight can still be made – but only if Fury, 34, actually wants it.

“It might happen, with only one condition: that Tyson Fury agrees to fight Oleksandr Usyk,” Krassyuk told SecondsOut. “That’s it. We’ve done everything needed to make it happen. Now the ball is on their side.

“If he accepts the take it or leave it offer from the Saudis, which will triply exceed his ever-biggest purse he ever received. And if he turns it down, read the real content of his actions.”

Krassyuk added that Fury is disrespecting his fans by regularly posting on social media rather than training and facing real boxers who can challenge him.

“You can’t just entertain just in front of the mirror,” Krassyuk said. “You can make shadow boxing, but there is no one to entertain. For entertainment, you need an object for entertainment and that’s why he’s dependent on the public… He became who he is only due to his fans, the public. And now he has to show this respect to the public.”