Francis Ngannou sent blockbuster new boxing invite after Tyson Fury defeat

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Boxing news: Francis Ngannou is in the spotlight after his recent defeat to Tyson Fury

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 05/11/2023

- 17:43

The former UFC star lost the controversial fight in Saudi Arabia last weekend

Derek Chisora has offered to fight Francis Ngannou in December following the 37-year-old's controversial defeat to Tyson Fury last weekend.

The former UFC star produced a strong performance during the contest in Saudi Arabia, flooring his opponent in round three.

But while Ngannou was able to send Fury tumbling down, he ended up losing via split decision.

Fury had been expected to fight Oleksandr Usyk on December 23 yet that fight has now been pushed back, pending an official announcement.

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Boxing news: Derek Chisora has offered to face off with Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia


Ngannou is, therefore, expected to headline the next big event in Saudi Arabia just two days before Christmas.

Zhilei Zhang and Joseph Parker have both been talked up as potential opponents for the Cameroonian-French star.

However, Chisora has now thrown his name into the hat

“I want everybody, I want Francis Ngannou yeah, I wanna get it," he told IFL TV.

When quizzed on whether he'd be ready, the Brit added: “I’m ready to fight every day bro.”

Ngannou was widely underestimated prior to his fight with Fury.

Given his lack of boxing experience, many expected him to struggle when going up against the Gypsy King.

But Chisora has dubbed Ngannou 'amazing' - while also insisting he'd KO the former MMA man.

"It’ll be a great fight and I’ll knock him out," he continued.

“He’s amazing, he’s a great fighter, he’s a strong guy, he’s a great MMA fighter, he caught Tyson on a bad day and it happens.”

Chisora is entering the twilight years of his career given he's now 39.

But he's eager to reach 50 career fights, having stepped into the ring on 47 separate occasions so far.

Ngannou said earlier in the week that he wouldn't be appealing his loss to Fury.

He stated: "Who am I gonna appeal to? [The British Boxing Commission]?

"I have no chance. I think that's just another way of humiliation."

Ngannou does, however, want a rematch with Fury in order to show he has what it takes to thrive in the sport.

"My best scenario in boxing is to wait for Fury," he continued.

"If Usyk can step out and let me fight Fury, I'll fight Fury, then I'll let them do whatever they do.

"I'll go back, maybe do some MMA fight and come back with some people in boxing.

"I'm planning to fight potentially twice next year, [starting] maybe February or March."


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Boxing news: Francis Ngannou has opted against appealing his recent defeat to Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia


He continued: "The rematch is what I want next the most.

"As for right now I feel like there is a lot of options for me, but I want to choose wisely, and I would go for the rematch first."

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