Fury-Ngannou & and an all-heavyweight undercard will be broadcast SATURDAY live on ESPN+ PPV at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
Tyson Fury, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, squares off against former UFC heavyweight kingpin Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia live on TNT Sports Box Office for £21.95 in the UK.
In the US the Tyson Fury-Francis Ngannou Saudi Arabia Heavyweight Extravaganza will Stream LIVE on ESPN+ PPV – Priced at $79.99 across all distributors, it also will be available via cable and satellite pay-per-view providers.
Hosted by Laura Woods, with Carl Frampton and Dan Hardy providing expert analysis, this bout sees Fury defending the WBC title he’s proudly worn since triumphing over Deontay Wilder in 2020. Ngannou, trading the UFC’s Octagon for the boxing ring, will be making his professional boxing debut, setting the stage for an electrifying encounter.
An all-heavyweight undercard amplifies the night’s stakes, headlined by a clash for the British Heavyweight title between undefeated compatriots Fabio Wardley (16-0, 15 KOs) and David Adeleye (12-0, 11 KOs). The lineup also includes former WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker facing off against Canada’s Simon Kean, and up-and-coming heavyweight sensation Moses Itauma stepping into the ring for his sixth professional bout.
Tune into the undercard on TNT Sports Box Office from 6pm UK time, with the initial hour open for all viewers. The event segues into the opening ceremony of Riyadh Season’s fourth edition, complete with live performances, culminating in the evening’s main pugilistic spectacle.
Access to Fury vs. Ngannou is priced at £21.95 in the UK and can be streamed through various platforms including BT, Virgin Media TV, and Sky, or online via TNT Sports’ website or app. No subscription to TNT Sports is required to purchase this event.
For Sky customers in the UK and Republic of Ireland, TNT Sports Box Office can be acquired on channel 490 via remote or at Sky’s TNT Box Office, with Ireland pricing at €29.99 or €34.99 for day-of purchases.
Virgin Media TV users in the UK can navigate to the On-Demand section (TiVo/V6 boxes) or Pay Per View Events rail (Virgin TV 360/Stream boxes) to secure their access. BT TV patrons can utilize channel 494 for purchase via their remote.
For digital viewers, TNT Sports Box Office online provides comprehensive instructions for web or app-based viewing, including big-screen options through Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay.
“When it comes to fighting, I can go toe-to-toe with anyone. I’ve stood strong against Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko. And I’m ready to take on this guy without hesitation.”
“Perhaps I’ll deliver an expert boxing show, making sure he doesn’t land a single blow on me. Imagine that? I might focus on quick jabs, using strategy and precision, keeping my distance and striking at the right moments.”
“When Ngannou experiences my right punch, his chances of succeeding will diminish.”
“At times, I gaze at my reflection and marvel at my own genius. Just when the world believed I was done, I bounce back, surprising everyone. It was only half a year ago when I doubted if I’d ever step into the ring again. Yet, here I am, ready and raring.”
“As for the fight with Oleksandr Usyk, it’s not on my mind right now. I have this huge challenge ahead, and once I’ve handled him effectively, I’ll think about the future challenges.”
“I’m truly honored to step into the ring with Francis. Just look at the guy; he’s a mountain and in prime condition. Honestly, it’s a twist for me. I’ve always been about boxing my peers, aiming straight for the win. Yet, with an MMA fighter like Francis, bringing his own flair, it promises to be a distinct experience.”
“I’m all in, ready for what promises to be a spectacular event. Sharing this platform with Francis? It’s an honor. His journey, his battles, his sheer grit and everything he’s invested to stand here? Respect.”
“Francis deserves every bit of praise. As a fighter, as a champ, as a person. Given his strength and intensity, I know I need to be at my absolute best. That means going all out in training and sourcing the best sparring opportunities.”
“When I took that walk, I thought to myself, ‘Look at where the journey has brought this boy.’”
“I wasn’t looking to imitate what Fury might do. My goal wasn’t to fight according to Fury’s strategies. I went in with my own approach. That’s the focus me and my trainers had – to enhance my own fighting style. Challenging, but productive.”
“While I recognize my limited experience in boxing, I’ve always been someone who embraces and overcomes challenges.”
“Before we even step into the ring on Saturday, there’s a mutual understanding. We’re already two of the most intimidating men out there. We’re competing for that top position.”
“I’ve had my sights set on Tyson Fury for the past four years. Oleksandr Usyk wasn’t on my radar back then. But when the chance arose, it was Tyson Fury I wanted. He’s the one.”
“The excitement I feel right now? Unmeasurable. I’ve harbored this boxing dream since childhood. Today, I’m not just boxing – I’m squaring up against a giant. I usually stay zoned out from the noise, but the sheer scale of this? Hard to ignore. This is a moment for the books.”
“Though I always had the dream, I never imagined it unfolding like this, morphing into one of the globe’s most watched events. This isn’t merely a fight; it’s the curtain raiser for the Riyadh Season, blending culture and combat. As for the fight, it’s only going to grow in magnitude. While the outcome remains a mystery, one thing’s crystal clear: I’m gunning for victory, and nothing less.”
“It’s not just another event; it’s a global sensation. Its ripples are felt strongly in the U.S., where MMA’s fanbase has swelled, and where Francis is nothing short of iconic. Tyson’s commendable U.S. performances over the years have cemented his sports legacy. Their collaboration? It’s sparking an electric wave of excitement across the country.”
“Without a doubt, this is monumental. The grandest event I’ve ever been a part of. It’s an intersection of domains. On one side, a master of his craft, the heavyweight champion. On the other, Tyson Fury, a man who’s defined boxing excellence. Undefeated, skilled, versatile – whether it’s strategic boxing or a straight-up brawl, it promises to be an unforgettable spectacle.”
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