Tyson Fury And Francis Ngannou Claim They Will Face In A Hybrid Fight
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Tyson Fury claimed he would be fighting UFC champion Francis Ngannou, just moments after claiming he would be retiring from boxing.
Fury defeated Dillian Whyte at a sold out Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, with 94,000 in place to see him knockout his opponent in the sixth round.
It was the first time the Gypsy King was fighting in Britain since his second comeback fight in 2018, and his first ever world title fight on home soil.
It may have also been his last as the undefeated world champ doubled down on claims he'd made in the build up to the fight to say that he would be retiring.
However, just minutes later, in another post match interview, the boxer stood side by side with UFC heavyweight champ Ngannou and discussed the fact they'll be fighting each other.
Fury and Ngannou talk hybrid fight.#FuryvsWhyte pic.twitter.com/KaBgGW1Ckb— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) April 23, 2022
Fury said him and the Cameroonian would 'find out who the baddest motherf***er on the planet' is, borrowing a phrase that UFC have used before to make an extra belt.
It is not the first time the fight has been mooted, with Ngannou saying following his win over Cyril Gane in January that he wanted to turn his hands to boxing.
The two men have also swapped words on social media in the past as they have attempted to set up the fight, that would be Ngannou's first in the sport.
He also spoke to BT Sport after the first interview, and said that the fight with the British fighter would happen sometime in 2023.
"Definitely sometime next year. 2023. That fight will happen!"— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) April 23, 2022
"Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou in Africa. The Rumble in the Jungle 2!"@francis_ngannou is adamant the @Tyson_Fury fight will happen! 👀#FuryWhyte pic.twitter.com/h4wuQGGsvO
Back in March, when he originally said he would retire following the Whyte fight, Fury did at least say that he didn't consider the fight with The Predator a 'real boxing fight,' hinting it would not be him coming out of retirement.
He had said that it would be with 4oz gloves and take place inside the Raiders Stadium in Las Vegas, home of the NFL side, that is set to host the Super Bowl in 2024.
The fight is unlikely to happen until next year because of Ngannou's contract with UFC. The Gane fight was technically the last on his contract but being champion gives him another year with the company, at which point he'll vacate.
Fans don't actually believe that Fury will retire, with most expecting him to fight the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk II.
The undefeated lineal heavyweight champion has also been in a social media war of words with WWE superstar Drew McIntyre, with the company set to hold their first stadium show in the UK since 1992, in Cardiff in September.
Fury has already competed in WWE and a return on that show would be huge.
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