On October 28, two worlds will collide as Fury, the WBC heavyweight boxing world champion, and Ngannou, a former UFC heavyweight champion, are scheduled to fight in a ten-round boxing match in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
There was no doubt that the magnitude of Fury vs. Ngannou would lead to a pay-per-view event. The question was, what would be the price?
Earlier today, an official announcement was made about the October 28 event having a price tag of $79.99 in North America. Most fans weren’t enthusiastic about paying the fee, but ESPN seems to be following the UFC model, as the worldwide leader in MMA has the same PPV price.
Tyson Fury holds a professional boxing record of 33-0-1 (24 KOs), with his lone draw being against Deontay Wilder. The WBC heavyweight world champion last fought in December 2022, defeating Derek Chisora by a tenth-round TKO.
Fury is also scheduled to fight Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed heavyweight world title fight in December or January 2024.
Meanwhile, Francis Ngannou hasn’t fought since January 2022, when he extended his UFC win streak to six fights with his first title defense against Ciryl Gane.
Since then, ‘The Predator’ has parted ways with the Dana White-run promotion to sign with the PFL, giving him the ability to pursue this massive payday against Fury.
Who else is fighting on the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou pay-per-view main card?
The Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou event will be a heavyweight showcase, as the four announced main card bouts come from the same division as the main event.
Firstly, Fabio Wardley (16-0) plans to defend his British heavyweight against David Adeleye (12-0). During a press conference in September, a brawl broke out between the heavyweights, leading to Wardley being cut.
The other heavyweight matchups announced for the October 28 pay-per-view main card are as follows – Joseph Parker (32-3) vs. Simon Kean (23-1), Martin Bakole (19-1) vs. Carlos Takam (40-7-1), and Arslanbek Makhmudov (17-0) vs. Agron Smakici (19-2).
It should be noted that the co-main event has not been confirmed, and the main card could be changed.