Fury Vs. Ngannou NOT An Exhibition Bout On October 28 Says Tyson’s Promoter – SolSportHQ
By Charles Brun: Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren says the October 28th event against Francis Ngannou is NOT an exhibition match, but he’s unsure whether it will count in boxing records for their clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In other words, it sounds like it’s an exhibition match. It will be interesting to see how long before the organizers wait to reveal to the fans that Fury vs. Ngannou is not an official boxing match. The longer they wait, the more it will sell.
If they tell the fans now that it’s just an exhibition, that’ll be the equivalent of spraying repellent on the event, killing what little interest there is in this trainwreck-level monstrosity. Letting the fans know it’s just another bank heist exhibition match is not good.
The Fury-Ngannou fight would have to count in the record book if it’s not an exhibition match.
Fans aren’t keen on watching exhibition matches because they typically have slow-motion sparring-type fights, where the fighters are taking it easy on one another, joking with the crowd, and showboating. There’s absolutely no sporting value in exhibition matches.
It’s two guys playing around, and boring fans, leaving them angry & feeling ripped off for their money. In the case of the Fury vs. Ngannou fight, even if it’s not an exhibition match, it’s basically the same thing because Francis has never fought a boxing match before.
Sticking an 0-0 fighter from another sport in with Fury makes it an exhibition type of fight. If Fury doesn’t take it easy on Ngannou, he’ll knock him out too quickly, and the fans will be furious with anger, feeling foolish for having wasted their hard-earned money.
Warren told Talk Boxing that Fury’s WBC title wouldn’t be on the line for the fight, which makes sense, considering it’s a 10-rounder.
“Why did we make the fight? Because we tried to make the fight with Oleksandr Usyk, we tried to make the fight with Anthony Joshua, and neither of them wanted to know,” said Warren to talkSPORT.
Fury could have fought IBF, WBA & WBO champion Usyk if he had offered him a fair deal instead of the joke terms. Tyson could have fought Anthony Joshua, but he blew the negotiations out of the water by setting a short deadline, which he didn’t do for his friend journeyman Derek Chisora.
There were tons of options available for Fury to fight, but he wanted the Ngannou match.
Fighters Fury could have fought:
- Zhilei Zhang
- Felip Hrgovic
- Joe Joyce
- Andy Ruiz Jr
- Arslanbek Makhmudov
- Frank Sanchez