KEY POINTS

  • Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou have been trading blows on social media over a crossover fight
  • Top Rank could be open to cooperating with other parties involved to make Fury vs. Ngannou happen
  • The two heavyweight champions will have to defend their titles first

Despite being required to defend their titles in their respective sport, boxing superstar Tyson Fury and UFC’s Francis Ngannou are highly interested in taking on each other.

The buzz about a Fury vs. Ngannou fight has finally reached a high-up in one of the governing bodies involved in the subject.

UFC president Dana White has yet to comment on the talked-about fight between the two colossal heavyweights in combat sports, but Top Rank boss Todd Duboef reckoned that a deal could come to fruition given that the two entities, Top Rank and UFC, both have their “media rights tied” to sports channel ESPN, according to Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern.

“Top Rank is open to doing a co-promotion with UFC for a [Tyson Fury]-[Francis Ngannou] boxing/MMA crossover fight, per [Todd Duboef], who told SBJ that negotiations could be made easier by both properties having their media rights tied to [ESPN],” Stern tweeted.

As it stands, the fight is still far from actualization, but it could be a huge leap that Top Rank, the company that represents Fury, is now open to possibilities.

Still champ: WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of Great Britain celebrates his 11th-round knockout victory over US challenger Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas Still champ: WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury of Great Britain celebrates his 11th-round knockout victory over US challenger Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas Photo: AFP / Robyn Beck

The only concrete thing at the moment is the pair’s eagerness to face each other, having verbally agreed to it via social media.

It can be recalled that Ngannou has long been vocal about his desire to pursue boxing and has been calling out some current boxing champions.

Fury recently responded to the UFC champion’s plea and offered to do it in “boxing rules,” using  “UFC gloves.” Ngannou then asked if they can do it the other way around-- “MMA rules with boxing gloves.”

The two world champions finally took their hoopla to the next level when Fury urged Ngannou to think thoroughly about how he wants the fight to be. Regardless of what sport, “The Gypsy King” boasted that the only thing he can assure is that “The Predator” will be knocked out and will make the biggest paycheck of his career.

“You want to come in to my world calling me & Wilder out to a boxing match? What I can guarantee you would be knocked out and also paid your highest purse to be so! So have a think," Fury wrote.

It didn’t take long for Ngannou to hit back and vowed that after he is done with his upcoming UFC title defense fight against Cyril Gane, he will immediately have his eyes locked on Fury.

“After I handle business on Jan. 22, I’ll fight you under any special rule set you want. In a ring, an Octagon or a phone booth," Ngannou replied.

Francis Ngannou JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MAY 09: Francis Ngannou (R) of Cameroon misses a punch against Jair Rozenstruik of Suriname in their Heavyweight fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo: (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)