Fury will 'definitely' fight Ngannou in 2023 after Whyte KO

Thought you were hanging up the gloves, Tyson? Fury teases ‘explosive’ crossover fight with UFC star Francis Ngannou after inviting him into the ring following KO win over Dillian Whyte… as MMA fighter says the bout will ‘definitely’ happen in 2023

  • Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou both insist they will go head-to-head next year 
  • It comes after the Gypsy King, 33, destroyed Dillian Whyte on Saturday night 
  • Fury again outlined his plan to retire from boxing after his stunning KO 
  • But the prospect of a fight against Ngannou – or even a WWE return – is possible 

In typical Tyson Fury fashion, the Gypsy King within an instant backtracked on his retirement announcement by insisting a fight against UFC star Francis Ngannou will happen in due course. 

The Gypsy King made light work of Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 adoring fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, knocking ‘The Body Snatcher’ out cold in the sixth round.

Fury had spoken of his impending retirement throughout the build-up to the bout, and after retaining his WBC heavyweight strap, the unbeaten 33-year-old double down on his pre-fight sentiments. 

Tyson Fury (left) and Francis Ngannou (right) insist an enticing crossover fight will happen

It comes after Fury destroyed Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley on Saturday

Fury was joined in the ring by the UFC star – who had travelled from Las Vegas to London for the bout – in the immediate aftermath of his victory, with the pair insisting a crossover extravaganza is on the cards.  

‘This is going to be one very special fight,’ Fury told ESPN after the win. ‘It’ll be something never before seen in the history of our sport. 

‘We’re not talking two guys around 140lb, I’m 270lb, he’s 270lb. It’s going to be an explosive fight when it happens.’

‘I’m the boxing heavyweight champion, he’s the UFC heavyweight champion, he’s in great shape, look at the muscles on him,’ Fury added. 

Ngannou, meanwhile, was equally as keen to get a fight penned in, stating: ‘We are going to find out who is the baddest motherf***er on the planet.’

Cameroonian Ngannou, marginally older than Fury at 35, is now in a process of recovery from his January win over Cyril Gane, however. 

The heavyweight had major surgery on his knee, needing ACL reconstruction and MCL repair, having outpointed his French counterpart after their bout went the distance at UFC 270. 

Ngannou retained his heavyweight title with a wrestling-heavy performance at UFC 270

He revealed he suffered major injuries to his knee before the fight but refused to withdraw 

Ngannou is also in the midst of a dispute with the UFC, having rejected a new deal in search of better pay – as well as an opportunity to box – with his current contract set to expire in December. 

The explosive puncher, who insists a fight against Fury will take place next year, says he’d ideally like it to be in Africa. 

‘Definitely sometime next year,’ he told BT Sport. ‘2023. That fight will happen!’

‘Because by the end of the year, to know exactly [where I stand], we’re going to sort it and get settled and ready to go.’

He added: ‘Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou in Africa, that would be the best one. The Rumble in the Jungle 2!’

Fury, next to promoter Frank Warren, reiterated his plan to retire from boxing after the fight

Speaking at the press conference following his latest victory, Fury once again reiterated his desire to retire from boxing. 

The Gypsy King did, however, also insist another WWE appearance is a possibility, having beaten Braun Strowman on his debut in 2019.

It comes after the WWE announced they were holding their first major show in the UK for 30 years this September, taking place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.  

‘Don’t rule me out of fighting there,’ he said. ‘You might see me at SummerSlam. I need to speak to Vince [McMahon] and the boys. 

‘I know Drew McIntyre’s been saying a lot of things about me, I’ll have to knock him out like I did his pal.’

Fury meanwhile insisted WWE is also an option, after he beat Braun Strowman in 2019

He welcomed the prospect of facing fellow Brit Drew McIntyre in a second WWE bout

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