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Tyson Fury's Next Move: Exhibition Bout with Francis Ngannou? Eddie Hearn Weighs In

Renowned boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has stirred up speculation by suggesting that Tyson Fury's next fight might be an exhibition boxing match against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, Hearn's comments have set the combat sports world abuzz with excitement and curiosity. In a recent interview with Boxing Social, Hearn acknowledged the rumors and shared what he had heard about the potential matchup.

"Yes, I believe [that is going to happen]," Hearn revealed. "This is what I've heard: It'll be an exhibition, apparently — no knockdowns or anything. I don't know, I'm only telling you what I've heard."

The disappointment expressed by Hearn stems from the fact that a highly anticipated showdown between Fury and his fighter Oleksandr Usyk, which would have determined the undisputed heavyweight champion, has failed to materialize thus far. Despite social media exchanges and talks, the much-anticipated bout remains unsigned.

Ngannou, who hasn't competed since his victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 in January 2022, has been on the road to recovery from a serious knee injury. Having recently joined the PFL, the power-punching heavyweight is expected to make his promotional debut in 2024 after a boxing match.

When questioned about the potential Fury-Ngannou matchup and its impact on boxing, Hearn emphasized the importance of satisfying fans' desires.

"I'm sure it would be a big event, but I want to see him fight Usyk," Hearn expressed. "I feel like the undisputed championship, we've chased it for so long, that it would be nice to get an undisputed champion."

However, Hearn also acknowledged Fury's autonomy in making career decisions and wished him well, recognizing the financial incentives that come with such high-profile exhibitions.

While the prospect of Fury and Ngannou stepping into the ring together in an exhibition format is intriguing, boxing enthusiasts eagerly await confirmation and further details about this potential clash of titans. The unique blend of boxing and mixed martial arts skills on display would undoubtedly captivate fans worldwide and generate significant interest in the sporting community.

As the speculation intensifies, fight aficionados can only speculate about the spectacle that could unfold if these two combat sports giants finally share the ring. Will Tyson Fury's boxing prowess overcome Francis Ngannou's devastating knockout power? Will this exhibition serve as a steppingstone for bigger fights in both boxing and mixed martial arts?

For now, all eyes are on Fury and Ngannou as they navigate their respective paths, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the next thrilling chapter in their storied careers.


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