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Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou Make Grand Arrivals ahead of Saturday's Battle of the Baddest

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Fury-Ngannou & and an all-heavyweight undercard will be broadcast live on Top Rank on ESPN+ PPV at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (Oct. 24, 2023) — The Battle of the Baddest fight week kicked off in grand fashion Tuesday evening in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

WBC & lineal heavyweight boxing world champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury and lineal MMA heavyweight world champion Francis Ngannou made their grand arrivals today ahead of their showdown this Saturday, Oct. 28, at Boulevard Hall.

The long-awaited battle of behemoths kicks off Riyadh Season, one of the world’s leading entertainment festivals, which runs throughout the winter months in the Kingdom’s largest city.

Promoted by Queensberry, Top Rank and GIMIK Fight Promotions, the Fury-Ngannou card will stream live on Top Rank on ESPN+ PPV in the United States beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. Priced at $79.99 across all distributors, it also will be available via cable and satellite pay-per-view providers.

The pay-per-view undercard will be an all-heavyweight extravaganza and features a 12-round showdown between undefeated British standouts Fabio Wardley (16-0, 15 KOs) and David Adeleye (12-0, 11 KOs), along with a 10-rounder between former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker (32-3, 22 KOs) and Canadian knockout artist Simon Kean (23-1, 22 KOs).

Montreal-based wrecking ball Arslanbek Makhmudov (17-0, 16 KOs) will fight the upset-minded Junior Anthony Wright (20-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round tilt, and Moses Itauma (5-0, 3 KOs) will open the pay-per-view broadcast in a six-rounder against Istvan Bernath (10-1, 8 KOs).

At Tuesday's grand arrivals, this is what Fury and Ngannou had to say:

Tyson Fury

"I can stand and trade with anybody. I stood and traded with Wilder. I traded with Wladimir {Klitschko}, and I'll stand and trade with this little bi*ch."

"I might give him a slick, master boxing performance, not let the ugly man touch me once. That would be unbelievable, wouldn't it? I might start dancing, tripling the jab like Apollo Creed, move around, just stick and move.

"When {Ngannou} feels this right hand, he won't be winning very much."

"Sometimes I stand in front of the mirror and think I'm an absolute genius. When everyone thought it was all over for the GK, he comes and totally redeems himself and pulls this out of the hat. Only six months ago, I didn't know if I ever was going to box again. Now, here we go."

"I'm not thinking about {the Oleksandr Usyk fight}. I got this big sausage to deal with, and once I grill him up nice and good, then we'll move on to the next one."

Francis Ngannou

"I can't believe it. Walking from there, I looked at it like, "The boy made it.'"

"I didn't try to replicate what Fury would do. I'm not going in there to play Fury's game. I'm going there to play my own game. So, my training was based on me, how I can fight, and that's what me and my coaches worked on. It went well. Tough, but it went well."

"I'm aware of my lack of experience in boxing, but I am a man of challenges, and I've overcome a lot of challenges."

"Before anything can happen on Saturday night, there are two. We are already the two baddest men on the planet. We're just aiming for the first spot."

"I've been waiting on Tyson Fury for four years. At the time, I didn't know about Oleksandr Usyk. When the opportunity came, I wanted Tyson Fury. He's the guy."

Saturday, October 28

Top Rank on ESPN+ Pay-Per-View (2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT)

Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou, 10 rounds, heavyweight

Fabio Wardley vs. David Adeleye, 12 rounds, heavyweight

Joseph Parker vs. Simon Kean, 10 rounds, heavyweight

Arslanbek Makhmudov vs. Junior Anthony Wright, 10 rounds, heavyweight

Moses Itauma vs. Istvan Bernath, 6 rounds, heavyweight




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