By Jake Tiernan: Francis Ngannou says there is a rematch clause in his contract for his fight with Tyson Fury on October 28 that works in The Gypsy King’s favor if he loses. Ngannou says that he must beat Fury to force a rematch.
Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) adding a rematch clause to a fight against a rookie who has never boxed before will not look good in the eyes of the boxing public as it shows where his self-confidence lies.
Fans already think Fury lost his temper and ducked a fight against Oleksandr Usyk for a bigger payday than he gets for the match against the 36-year-old Ngannou.
Ngannou revealed during an interview today that the fight with Fury will be a true professional fight, counting on his records.
Fury has a chance to get his 35th pro win the easy way against a non-boxer.
It’s a similar deal to Floyd Mayweather Jr. breaking Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record in a match against former UFC champion Conor McGregor in 2017, which the Nevada Commission sanctioned as a professional fight.
The good thing is that Fury’s WBC title won’t be on the line because if that happened, it would bring boxing to the ground. If a champion can hold his own against 0-0 unranked rookies, where does he end up?
Champions could hold on to their belts indefinitely looking for anyone who isn’t a boxer to make sure they don’t lose. It would be pathetic, but it’s bad enough that the fight counts as a professional fight.
“It’s a real fight; is happening. The only difference is that there is no title on the line, but it’s a real fight. It goes on our record”, Francis Ngannou told Ariel Helwani. Youtube channel about his fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on October 28.
“Yes, there is a possible rematch clause. For that, definitely,” Ngannou said of the rematch clause that would come into play if he beats Fury. “That is what I do not know. We’ll see how it goes,” Ngannou said when asked if he can use the rematch clause if he loses to Fury.
“That’s why I have to win this fight. I have to put everything to get that rematch.
“He [WBC] the title is not on the line. Well, that’s another discussion. It’s going to take a lot within the WBC,” Ngannou said when asked why Fury’s WBC title would not be on the line for his fight.
“For this fight to be given for everything [WBC title], there would have been many parties involved, and this fight would not have happened. So it was like, ‘We’ve got to get this done quick and done.
“I was going for the fight. I wasn’t going for the title. For me personally, nothing changes. I don’t even care [that the WBC title won’t be on the line]. I want the fight, and I get the fight.
“Compared to what I was doing for my last UFC fight, it’s day and night. It’s life changing,” Ngannou said of the purse he will receive for the Fury fight.