Tyson Fury Discloses How Much He Earned From Heavyweight Bout With Francis Ngannou

Tyson Fury Discloses How Much He Earned From Heavyweight Bout With Francis Ngannou

Elijah Odetokun
updated at November 17, 2023 at 3:49 PM
  • Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou fought in Saudi Arabia last month
  • It was the former UFC champion's first professional boxing match
  • Fury has opened up on how much money he earned from the exhibition

British boxer Tyson Fury has opened up on how much money he made from his exhibition fight win over former UFC Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

It was Ngannou’s first professional boxing match after leaving UFC to transition into boxing, and it couldn't have come against a more worthy opponent than the heavyweight champion.

The Cameroonian fighter nearly recorded a historic win over arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time and scored a takedown in the third round of the encounter.

Francis Ngannou, Tyson Fury, Saudi Arabia.
Francis Ngannou scored a takedown against Tyson Fury in his first-ever boxing match. Photo by Justin Setterfield.
Source: Getty Images

Fans were left baffled by the match's outcome, with many, including African football legend Didier Drogba, declaring Ngannou the winner despite him losing on points.

How much did Fury make from Ngannou's bout?

The highly-promoted fight was hosted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and both boxers were hugely compensated with heavy paychecks – one of the biggest in recent times.

Per talkSPORT boxing analyst Michael Benson, the British boxer disclosed that he made “nearly £50 million” during the press conference to announce his bout against Oleksandr Usyk next year officially.

As reported by BBC Sports, the undisputed fight between the Gypsy King and the Ukrainian is scheduled for February 17, 2024, in Saudi Arabia.

As noted by SportBible, Ngannou, who put up a spirited performance in his first fight, took home around £8mil, more than all he ever made in his life, including from his mixed martial arts career.

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Lineker reacts to Ngannou Fury bout

Sports Brief reported on Gary Lineker's reaction to Ngannou Fury bout after the British heavyweight was declared the winner of the exhibition fight.

The football legend described the bout's outcome as robbery, with many justifiably expecting the Cameroonian to win his first professional boxing fight against the undefeated champion after an impressive performance.

Ronaldo restless during Ngannou Fury fight

Sports Brief reported on Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction during the fight as he appeared restless while watching the highly intense and entertaining boxing bout.

The Al-Nassr superstar was one of the celebrities in attendance. He was asked to back someone before the fight, but he just wanted to enjoy a good fight as both were his friends.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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