Francis Ngannou reveals cutting message to Tyson Fury during knockdown

The image of Ngannou standing over a floored Fury will surely go down as iconic

Fury vs Usyk is contracted to take place in Riyadh before the end of March, with 23 December having been targeted as a fight date. However, Fury and his promoter Frank Warren suggested on Saturday (28 October) that the Briton will need more time to prepare for Ukrainian Usyk, 36, who is also unbeaten.

Before Saturday night, Ngannou had not fought since January 2022, when he retained the UFC heavyweight title with a points win against Ciryl Gane.

Ngannou then relinquished the title this January, when he left the UFC. He would later sign with the Professional Fighters League (PFL), a rival MMA promotion, where he will fight in 2024.

The Cameroonian’s deal with the PFL allows him to box on the side, however, enabling his contest with Fury.

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