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Tyson Fury declares himself retired from boxing, but eyes fantasy fight with UFC champ Francis Ngannou

Fresh off a stunning sixth-round stoppage of interim WBC champion Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium, Tyson Fury has retired but left the door open for some fantasy fights.

Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs), 33, confirmed his retirement at the post-fight press conference. There, he revealed to reporters that he is open to some special rules matchups like one with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who is currently recovering from ACL surgery and won’t be back until 2023.

“I will not rule out exhibitions, for sure. Get some of that Floyd Mayweather money. I want to have fun. I’m an entertaining. I entertain, that’s what I do best. I want to have fun.”

“Francis Ngannou was here today, he’s on my hit list in an exhibition fight,” Fury continued. “However he wants — in a cage, in a boxing ring, boxing gloves, UFC gloves, we can make it happen. I think everyone wants to see it. He’s a monster of a guy. I’m a monster of a guy. So it will be a clash of the titans for sure.”

A fight with Ngannou would be tricky as UFC president Dana White has opposed Ngannou boxing while he is under contract with the company, and the two are currently negotiating a new contract.

But it would also be a hot ticket, something that the Triller Fight Club might be interested in pursuing.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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