Fight day is finally here and Francis Ngannou fans will get to see the lineal UFC heavyweight champion take on boxing’s lineal heavyweight champion. It’s a crossover match that’s been months in the making and one that’s drawn out a veritable who’s who of athletes and celebrities to the ‘Rumble in Riyadh’ for the fight festivities.
With naysayers from the very top, like Bob Arum, all the way to the casual combat sports fan, one prevailing thought has been almost universally shared—Francis doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in the hot place against the man named after Mike Tyson.
That fact hasn’t seemed to dampen the fervor surrounding the fight, and as the hours draw closer to the main event ring walks, the more excited folks from around the globe seem to be. And since you, the educated fan, are here, let’s take a look at some facts and figures around the two titans set to engage in sanctioned violence.
- WBC heavyweight champion, lineal heavyweight champion
- Record: 33-0-1
- Last fought: 12/3/2022
- Last opponent: Derek Chisora (Fury won via 10th round TJO)
- Age: 35
- Lineal UFC heavyweight champion
- Record: (MMA) 17-3 Boxing: 0-0
- Last fought: 1/22/2022
- Last opponent: Cyril Gane (Ngannou won via unanimous decision)
- Age: 37
Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou live play-by-play
Tyson Fury with a big right. Left jab by Fury. Francis gets in a shot to the midsection. Double jab to the middle by Fury. Francis Ngannou with a double shot to the middle. They tie up. Left to the middle by Fury.
Left up top lands for Fury. Francis Ngannou doubles up on the jab. Ngannou with a left up top. Ngannou lands to the midsection. Ngannou with a two-punch combo up top. Tyson Fury with a left. A big right from Fury lands up top. Ngannou just misses with a huge right. Round over.
Big left to the middle by Francis Ngannou. Fury with a left that just falls short up top. Left by Fury answered with a right up top by Ngannou. Fury with the triple jab up top. Ngannou lands a nice left. He opened up a cut on Fury’s forehead.
Fury goes to Southpaw. Fury pawing with a jab as Francis Ngannou lands another shot to his midsection. Ngannou switches stances and they clash heads inside. Fury ducks in and holds. Fury lunges in and holds again. Francis with a double jab that just grazes Fury as the round ends.
Both men feinting. Francis with a shot to the midsection and two up top. Ngannou with a nice shot to the ribcage. Fury with a quick right up top and then they tie up. Fury with a grazing shot to the midsection. Nice short right inside for Francis Ngannou.
Fury slides in with a quick left to the middle then ties up. Ngannou caught him with a big left hook and floored Fury! Left to the middle by Francis Ngannou. Hard right to the middle again by Francis as the round ends.
Double jab for Ngannou. Ngannou with a big right that lands flush. Beautiful one-two to the midsection by Ngannou. Right hook by Ngannou. Fury with a straight right up top. They tie up on the ropes.
Fury with a right to the middle then the inevitable tie-up. Short left inside by Ngannou who misses up top with a right. Fury lands a right up top. Quick one-two from Ngannou partially lands.Two-punch combo from Fury. One-two from Ngannou. Left straight by Fury lands flush. Winging right by Fury misses. Round over.
Left-right combo up top partially lands for Ngannou. Left straight to the solar plexus by Fury. Nice right lands for Ngannou. Double right just misses for Ngannou. They tie up. Ngannou with the pawing jab. Nice left to the ribcage by Ngannou.
Fury lands a left then ties up. Left straight by Fury answered by a right to the body inside. Fury ties up in the corner. Nice uppercut by Fury just misses. Left straight by Fury. Beautiful one-two by Fury is answered by a nice right from Ngannou. Nice right jab finds its mark. Round over.
Left jab by Ngannou falls short. Left straight by Fury lands on Francis’ shoulder. Nice uppercut inside by Ngannou. Solid one-two by Francis gets answered by a right by Fury. They tie up on the ropes again.
Quick left jab lands for Fury as Ngannou rips a hard jab inside. Ngannou eats a nice left square to the face. His mouth is constantly open now. Right just falls short for Ngannou as the round ends. Replay shows Fury elbowed Ngannou.
Nice right by Ngannou lands. Left to the body by Ngannou. Fury feints and paws with the jab. Nice left jab cracks Ngannou. Hard left by Ngannou lands. Fury with a one-two up top. Francis with the double uppercut.
Fury with a left to the face followed by a hard right. Fury slips near the ropes, no knockdown. Left to the body by Fury. Ngannou with a double left jab followed by a right as the round ends.
Ngannou with a qquick left to the body. Fury with a right and Ngannou stumbles, they tie up. Big left lands for Ngannou in the corner. Fury grazes with an overhand right. Short left hand by Ngannou as they tie up.
Fury with a left up top, they tie up. Left-right by Ngannou then a flurry. Fury answers with a right. Francis with another big uppercut. And a right. They tie up and Fury tries to punch from behind. Fury is leaning all over Ngannou. Francis with a nice one-two. Quick right by Fury.
Francis with a nice right. Fury bleeding from his nose now. Round over.
Big left-right combo lands flush for Ngannou. Straight left for Ngannou lands. Tyson Fury with a triple left jab that lands. Right from Tyson Fury up top. Ngannou with the left jab-right cross. Tyson Fury with the left up top.
Both men feinting and posturing. Left jab to the body by Tyson Fury just misses. Three punch combo up top lands for Fury. Right hook by Fury. They tie up. Left to the throat by Ngannou. Great left straight up top by Fury. Round over.
Both men tentative and feinting. Left hook grazes Tyson Fury. Two punch combo falls short for Ngannou. Left by Ngannou lands flush up top. Tyson Fury with the pawing jab. Left jab lands for Tyson Fury. They tie up in the corner. Francis with a short uppercut inside. Posturing. Double left jab by Ngannou as the bell sounds.
Holy cow Francis Ngannou did great!
Tyson Fury def. Francis Ngannou via split decision (95-94 Ngannou, 96-93 Fury, 95-94 Fury)
Fury vs. Ngannou Quick Results
- – Tyson Fury (33-0-1) 🏴 vs. Francis Ngannou (0-0) 🇨🇲; heavyweight
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Start date and time
Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou goes down on Saturday, October 28, live from the Boulevard Hall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The main portion of the card starts at 2 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. PT, with ringwalks for Fury vs. Ngannou expected around 5:15 p.m. ET | 2:15 p.m. PT.
For US viewers, Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou airs exclusively on ESPN+, which has the pay-per-view event priced at $79.99. For other viewers, the event is on TNT Sports Box Office (UK and Ireland) and DAZN (Australia), respectively.
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