Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou believes his upcoming fight with Tyson Fury will be a bigger event, and generate better numbers, than Fury’s finalized showdown with Oleksandr Usyk.
This coming Saturday night in Saudi Arabia, Ngannou will make his pro boxing debut against Fury in a non-title crossover clash,
Fury already has a deal in place to fight Usyk in an undisputed clash, which is also going to take place in Saudi Arabia.
Ngannou does not feel disrespected by Fury’s decision to negotiate a deal for his next fight.
“If you look at it in the right angle, the Usyk fight was the fight that Tyson was supposed [to have before] even me [back in April]. I took this scene and then I got the fight. So, he is fighting me first. We are getting the way bigger fight,” Ngannou said on The MMA Hour.
“I don’t really care what he’s gonna do after with Usyk or with whomever is gonna do it. So even though the boxing community will consider that the most legit fight, because it’s for a unified title, I’m having a big stage. It can’t be as big as this, no matter what. So why would I be upset about something that is smaller than what I have?”
Ngannou is a tremendous underdog in the bout.
If Fury suffers some type of injury in the contest, or a shocking upset loss, the undisputed fight with Usyk could be in jeopardy.
“That’s their problem, that’s not mine,” Ngannou said. “I don’t have to deal with that. I think about like what’s next to me. I’m also going to fight, uh, somewhere in the future or after that fight too. For example, I’m going to fight in PFL early next year. We haven’t announced that yet, but I’m going to fight. There is a fight going on. We both definitely going to fight after this fight.”