Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou gets late regulation change ahead of opening bell
Fury's title will not be on the line but the result will be in the record books.
‘The Gypsy King’ takes on the former UFC heavyweight champion who will be fighting in his first ever boxing match tonight.
Fury’s WBC heavyweight title will not be on the line when they meet in Riyadh on Saturday night in a bout that is scheduled for 10 three-minute rounds should it go the distance.
There has been some uncertainty over the official status of the crossover spectacle having been at one point billed as an exhibition bout – meaning the result would not be registered on either man’s professional record.
However, Saturday’s showdown has now been sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control, officially recognised as a professional bout that will appear on the official records.
Fury himself insisted this week he had been informed by BBBoC General Secretary Robert Smith that the fight will be fought under their jurisdiction.
‘Now it’s a real fight. Robert told me yesterday that it’s a real fight and goes on the record,’ Fury told IFL TV.
‘I’m happy because… before it was going to be like a result on the night but not an official win or loss on the record. Now it makes things a bit tastier.’
In similar circumstances, the 2017 meeting between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr and double UFC champion Conor McGregor was an officially sanctioned boxing fight.
In beating the Dubliner, it allowed Mayweather to extend his record to 50-0, surpassing the long-standing record of Rocky Marciano.
Victory for Fury over Ngannou will see him extend his record to 34 wins, one draw and no defeats, with his only minor blemish coming in his 2018 draw with Deontay Wilder.
The British Boxing Board of Control is already being represented in Saudi on Saturday night with the British heavyweight title on the line.
Champion Fabio Wardley puts his belt on the line against David Adeleye as part of a stacked undercard.
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