Here’s what to expect at the Fury vs Ngannou Battle of the Baddest showdown
It’s going to be an epic showdown tonight (October 28)…
It’s finally here. The much-awaited fight will happen tonight (Saturday October 28) between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, former UFC heavyweight champion, who will make his professional boxing debut.
The event, held at Kingdom Arena in Boulevard City, will mark the opening of the Riyadh Season 2023. The spectacle will put two of the best heavyweights of their time in their respective sports face to face, and will be held over ten rounds.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Fury vs Ngannou Battle of the Baddest showdown and the full undercard.
The Fury-Ngannou fight isn’t the only fight on the card. There is a full undercard of boxing action to enjoy, with six other fights, five of them at heavyweight.
A showcase of the best fighters to look out for
The pre-main event action is headlined by Fabio Wardley taking on David Adeleye for the British heavyweight title. They will square off in a high-stakes 12-round clash.
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Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is also back in action. He will be facing Canadian Simon Kean. Kean has been a professional since 2011 and has won all his bouts since 2018, so this should be a great contest.
Meanwhile, Arslanbek Makhmudov takes on Junior Anthony Wright in a 10-rounder on the Fury vs Ngannou undercard. We’ve known Wright for a spell, so we won’t pretend we’d like to see him win tonight.
Moses Itauma, Great Britain’s 18-year-old heavyweight hope, opens the Fury vs Ngannou pay-per-view broadcast in a six-rounder against Istvan Bernath. The event will also see Martin Bakole in action against Carlos Takam.
Another intriguing match is the bout between Jack McGann and Alcibiade Duran Galvan. It’s the only one to not be in the heavyweight division, as it is a super welterweight match. It will be a classic UK vs USA clash, and it has the opportunity to set the pace for the entire night.
Who is the baddest man on the planet?
Finally, capping off the night in a 10-round heavyweight main event is the Fury-Ngannou clash. They will have all the attention of the combat sports world on them. Fury, the best heavyweight of his era, is at the very top of the sport and has never tasted defeat as a professional, and now goes up against a man in Ngannou who has never had a boxing bout.
🔰 “Riyadh Champion” WBC Commemorative Belt Shines in “Battle of the Baddest” 🔰
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Fury’s WBC heavyweight world title will not be at stake, as the winner of the fight will walk home with WBC’s new ‘Riyadh Champion’ belt. The custom-designed green belt, created by the WBC for this contest, features flags from around the world, with the Saudi Arabian flag in the centre and the Riyadh Season logo.
Start time and ring walks
Fury vs Ngannou is scheduled for ten three-minute rounds. The main event ring walks are expected for around midnight (KSA time), although that is subject to change depending on the length of the bouts earlier on the card. The undercard should start around 8pm, although gates to the Kingdom Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City will open from 5pm.
How to watch
For those looking to catch all the action live, tickets for G2 (SAR400) and G3 (SAR300) are still available on Webook.com