Top Rank Presents The Combat Sports Crossover Event of the Year: Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou

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Top Rank Presents The Combat Sports Crossover Event of the Year: Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou

Live on ESPN+ PPV in the U.S. Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT

Fury vs. Ngannou will be presented live this Saturday, October 28, at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT, on ESPN+ PPV in the U.S. from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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The combat crossover event of the year features WBC and lineal heavyweight boxing world champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) versus lineal MMA heavyweight world champion Francis Ngannou (17-3, 16 Finishes) in a highly anticipated 10-round boxing match. The long-awaited battle between two giants in their fields kicks off Riyadh Season, a months-long entertainment and sports festival in the Kingdom’s largest city.

The Top Rank on ESPN+ PPV all-heavyweight event will also feature:

  • Undefeated British standouts Fabio Wardley (16-0, 15 KOs) and David Adeleye (12-0, 11 KOs) facing off in a 12-rounder.
  • Former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker (32-3, 22 KOs), a New Zealand-born veteran who trains with Fury, will fight Canadian knockout artist Simon Kean (23-1, 22 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
  • Arslanbek Makhmudov (17-0, 16 KOs), a 260-plus pound power puncher fighting out of Montreal, Canada, will fight the upset-minded Junior Anthony Wright (20-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
  • Moses Itauma (5-0, 3 KOs), Great Britain’s 18-year-old heavyweight hopeful, will see action in a six-rounder against Istvan Bernath (10-1, 8 KOs).

Calling the action: ESPN’s Joe Tessitore, Hall of Famer, Timothy Bradley, Jr., Bernardo Osuna, and Brett Okamoto.

Original Programming:

Prior to Saturday’s event, ESPN will air the original production: Road to Riyadh: Fury vs. Ngannou, a 30-minute all access preview of the upcoming super-event.

Road to Riyadh: Fury vs. Ngannou (All times ET)

Date Network Time
Thu Oct 26 ESPN2 12 a.m.
ESPNEWS 5:30 a.m.
Fri Oct 27 ESPNEWS 6:30 a.m.

The program will also be available for replay on-demand in the ESPN App, on and on ESPN+.

From Ali to Inoki to Fury vs. Ngannou, highlighting the biggest crossover fights of all time (Jeff Wagenheim)

Teddy Atlas: How I’d train Francis Ngannou to face Tyson Fury

Thursday: Timothy Bradley Jr.’ s take: There’s a path for Ngannou to upset Fury
Friday: Francis Ngannou’s full circle journey into boxing with Mike Tyson by his side (Brett Okamoto)

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 Fury vs. Nngannou (All Times ET)

Date Time Event Fights Platform
Thu., Oct 26 2 p.m. Main Event Press Conference ESPN App & YouTube
Fri., Oct 27 11 a.m. Weigh-In
Sat., Oct 28 2 p.m. Main Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou ESPN+ PPV



Fabio Wardley vs. David Adeleye

Undercard Joseph Parker vs. Simon Kean
Undercard Arslanbek Makhmudov vs. Junior Anthony Wright
Undercard Moses Itauma vs. Istvan Bernath



Ardi Dwornik

I oversee all facets of ESPN’s corporate communications for Tennis and Combat Sports.
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