Boxing and MMA fans are in for a massive treat, as the much-awaited crossover boxing match between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou has reached an agreement; both heavyweights are expected to fight on the 28th of October. The promoter of Matchroom boxing, Eddie Hearn, recently had his say on the highly-debated match-up; fans and experts have had mixed opinions, but Eddie Hearn is one of the few individuals who thinks Fury vs Ngannou is ‘terrible’ for boxing.
This match is looked upon as a big money fight; as far as the match is concerned, interestingly, some believe Tyson Fury won’t be able to persist Ngannou’s power. Boxing experts were expecting Tyson Fury to fight a professional boxer and were disappointed to see him fight an MMA fighter when he could have fought against a highly-competitive professional boxer.
Eddie Hearn on Fury vs Ngannou
Recently in an interview with Fight Hype, Eddie Hearn shared his honest opinion on the upcoming mega event and explained why he thinks it’s not good for the sport of boxing. “I took the (Ngannou) fight to AJ,” Hearn said, as quoted by boxingscene.com.
“He wasn’t interested. But I knew that there was a chance that [Ngannou] could fight someone. I think it’s terrible for boxing, because obviously there was a chance to make the undisputed fight (between Fury and Usyk).
Hearn acknowledges the earning potential: “I understand the business side. I just feel like you should just be honest, like, ‘We have a chance to make a load of money for an easy fight. We’re gonna do that instead.’ And I don’t think anyone would begrudge it.
MMA fans seem to be quite happy with it because I think they like Ngannou securing the bag, but boxing fans seem to be furious". Hearn further explained: “You could do this fight a million times and we wouldn’t win once, I’m being serious.
That’s the reality. You’re talking about the world heavyweight champion against someone who has never boxed in a professional fight. But they’ll tell you how hard Francis punches and he used to be a boxer and stuff like that”.
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