Two time World heavy weight champion Tyson Fury has challenged Francis Ngannou who is currently out of contract to a fight that will go down as one of the biggest fight in history and will also involve boxing legend Mike Tyson.
Tyson Fury have held the WBC title since defeating Deontay Wilder in 2020.
“Francis Ngannou, I know you’re out contract with the UFC,” said Fury. “You want to earn some big boy money come see the ‘Gypsy King’ and let’s do a big, big fight for the baddest M.F. on the planet,” said Fury in an interview with Seconds Out.
“Let’s kick it up spicy in a cage, four-ounce gloves, on the Queensberry, and let’s have a badass referee like “Iron” Mike Tyson. Did I just sell that to the world?” Continued the two time heavy weight champion.
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Francis Ngannou recently declined a new contract from UFC and parted ways with the organization. Though UFC boss Diana white came out claiming Ngannou rejected the new contract because he wanted lesser opponents, Ngannou was quick to give his own side of the story explaining why he turned down the new deal.
Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour show, Ngannou said he rejected a UFC deal to preserve his freedom.
“It doesn’t matter how much [money] is in that contract, I am not free,” said Ngannou, 36.
“I have no power, I hand all the power over to you guys [the UFC] and I don’t want that to happen.
“I really wished it could work out, I always saw myself in the UFC. But it’s a matter of principle. Money is a part of it but its not all about money.”
Ngannou, who had held the heavyweight title for almost two years but has now been stripped of it following his departure, says his requests to the UFC to provide health insurance for all its fighters and to allow its athletes to have their own sponsorship deals were rejected during contract negotiations.
“I wanted them [the UFC] to put these things in consideration, they said no,” said Ngannou.
“I can pay my health insurance but some of the fighters can’t.
“This is very important, dignity and freedom. I need freedom and to control my destiny, not have people control it for me.”
Ngannou has been in the UFC since 2015, winning 12 of his 14 fights, including victory over Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight champion.
“I don’t know where Dana got this from,” he said
“In the perfect world I go out there in a boxing match and come back to MMA. If I get the opportunity to fight all those tough guys [Fury and Joshua] in boxing, I would take it,” he said.
“The latest [I will fight] will be July. My gut, I would say pro boxing [is next]. I’m working on it right now.”