By Charles Brun: The PPV price for the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou fight on ESPN+ will be a steep $79.99 for their ten-round crossover contest on October 28th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
That price will scare off many of the fans who were considering purchasing the card, as the Fury-Ngannou fight is an awful one, and the undercard is lackluster. If they priced the event at $40, it wouldn’t be quite as jarring.
The real standout talent on the undercard is Arslanbek Makhmudov, who is fighting some no-name scrub. Ideally, Makhmudov should be fighting Fury because he would give him a lot of trouble with his power, inside game, and nonstop pressure. If not Fury, Joseph Parker should be fighting Makhmudov on the card instead of Simon Kean.
For fans sitting on the fence, the price tag will cause them to balk and save their money rather than pay to watch heavyweight Fury toy with the novice Ngannou, who will be making his debut in the boxing ring.
On the other hand, Ngannou’s loyal MMA fans think twice about purchasing the event in the U.S., as they would likely pay as much as $100 for the chance to see the big 6’4″ former UFC heavyweight champion in action.
These fans are quite loyal to Ngannou, and it doesn’t matter to them that he’s over his head. They want to see him plant one of his big right hands on Fury’s jack-o’-lantern head to see how he reacts.
The 6’9″ Fury is good at leaning away from power shots and riding with them. With the way that Fury leans his head back, it makes it nearly impossible to hit him with full force.
Fury’s body is there to be hit, but the heavyweights that he faces are head-hunters, so they don’t take advantage of his midsection being unprotected. If Ngannou did target that area, he could do damage if he put everything he had into his shots.
Fury-Ngannou ESPN+ PPV undercard:
- Fabio Wardley vs. David Adeleye
- Joseph Parker vs. Simon Kean
- Arslanbek Makhmudov vs. Junior Anthony Wright
- Moses Itauma vs. TBA
The Big fights taking place in Saudi Arabia
“I don’t talk about other people’s money,” said Frank Warren to Pro Boxing Fans when asked if it’s true what Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said about Tyson Fury being disappointed if $100 million for his fight with Francis Ngannou on October 28th.
“I don’t know about that. Where’s he got to go? He’s sitting there at the moment scratching his,” said Warren when told that Anthony Joshua won’t want to take less than Fury for a fight.
If Anthony Joshua is still winning by the time Fury turns his attention to fighting him, it’s going to be a real problem negotiating this fight without the Saudis throwing huge money at both of them.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, will set him up with a couple of showcase fights before he faces Fury, which should put him in a better position to negotiate.
“As far as I see it, I can remember when I was promoting the early days before we got pay-per-view in the UK, all the big fights took place in Vegas. So we’ve got a big player now on the world scene, not just in boxing but in world sport [Saudi Arabia],” said Warren.
It is disheartening for UK boxing fans that the major fights that were once held in the United Kingdom are now being hosted in Saudi Arabia. This means that instead of being able to watch the fights live, fans would have to settle for watching them on television.
“They well and truly decided, the Saudis, that they want to do the best, add to the best, and make sure big things in sports occur, and they’ve certainly done it in boxing,” said Warren. “So we got some good fights there. The good news for the fans who can’t get to Saudi is that they can watch them on prime time in the UK.
“They’re not got to sit up until four and 5:00 in the morning. So that’s the great news, and the real great news is that fights are being made; they’re happening.
“This, I hope, is going to be the first of many, many big events that are going on over there [Saudi Arabia]. I know it will be. So this is fabulous, it’s fabulous for boxing. Things are happening. There’s a real Buzz about things now,” said Warren.