Francis Ngannou vs Tyson Fury, “obvious” for the president of Top Rank


Boxing – Top Rank chairman Todd duBoef thinks a clash between Francis Ngannou and Tyson Fury is commercial and sporting obvious.

As he faces Ciryl Gane for the UFC heavyweight title, Francis Ngannou is set to experience one of the most important moments of his career. However, in recent days, the Cameroonian seemed already turned towards the future by evoking a potential superfight against Tyson Fury.

It all started after Ngannou proclaimed his desire to test himself in boxing. Fury then came up with the idea of ​​facing the UFC champion, in boxing, with MMA gloves. A proposal that Ngannou welcomed, saying he would deal with the Briton after settling his affairs at UFC 270.

The exchange between the two men ignited social networks. However, many observers have pointed out that the UFC would never let Ngannou go boxing Fury. At least as long as he’s under contract. Indeed, Dana White and Bob Arum, the promoter of Fury, do not maintain a very good relationship.

However, Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank and son-in-law of Bob Arum, disagrees. According to him, when financial interests become too important, an organization such as the UFC knows how to put its conflicts aside.

“I think you’re kinda interested in the personalities of the two people, Bob (Arum) and Dana (White),” he told MMA Fighting. “I have a lot of stories with a lot of people in the UFC. Bob too. I’ve known Dana for over 20 years, and Lawrence Epstein (UFC cinematographer) and I grew up together. (All of these stories are) just fodder for the tabloids. “

And yet, DuBoef is convinced that this poster would have a huge commercial success.

“To have the meanest man in MMA and the meanest man in boxing in the ring is a given. There wouldn’t be a lot of hype to be done, ”he said. “I think it would be fantastic in Vegas. I say this because in terms of pay-per-view, I think that there would be a very, very big appetite from American households for this fight. And we saw with Fury that British audiences are used to staying up late and buying pay-per-view. “

But for the shock to be huge, the two men must always be at the top of their game. But for that, Ngannou must first beat Gane in UFC 270. As for Fury, he has no opponent at the moment, but he is looking to come back quickly.

“Maybe when those two things happen we’ll have a conversation, or maybe before,” DuBoef said. “But honestly, I think it’s a very interesting product for the consumer. I think it would work very easily. “

UFC 270 Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane will air on the night of Saturday January 22 through Sunday January 23, from 4 a.m., live on RMC Sport (available here).

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