Francis Ngannou shouldn’t put all his eggs in Tyson Fury’s basket

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Francis Ngannou is set to spend most of the 2022 fighting year recovering from injury after needing knee surgery. All in all, the rehabilitation following this procedure will last for around nine months with the current UFC heavyweight champion set only to return to action in October. Of course, we don’t know if Ngannou will return to the octagon or the ring given that he has, in effect, turned his back on the UFC and is currently targeting a blockbuster showdown with Tyson Fury. 

Fury on the other hand has a bumper year lined up that begins with a fight against fellow countryman Dillian Whyte in England during April. Strictly speaking, it should be a relatively straightforward affair with Fury the firm favorite in the latest boxing betting odds at a price of 1/7 to win the match.

Indeed, the latest boxing betting tips predict that Fury will get his 2022 off to a winning start against Whyte. Should Fury do what is expected of him and steamroll Whyte, then the door will be open to fighting either Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua during the end of 2022 which will undoubtedly be bouts that capture the attention of the entire fighting community the world over. 

Tyson Fury with a message to Dillian Whyte today: “Bum’s getting knocked out again, but by a king this time, not by an old man.”

[🎥 @Tyson_Fury] pic.twitter.com/loPIohvwJj

— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 6, 2022

It is at this time, however, that Ngannou will be limbering up once more and ready to fight Fury after months on the treatment table. You can all of a sudden picture a scenario where the Cameroonian will have to bide his time in order to cash in on the riches he envisions a fight with Fury will bring. There are, though, a number of potential problems with that plan of action.

First off, it’s worth pointing out that Ngannou has been told he can earn as much as $40 million from a crossover fight with Fury so you can understand why he is seemingly happy to bide his time, and why he will ultimately go against his contractual obligations with the UFC. 

Congratulations @francis_ngannou but if you want to make some real money come see the GK 💰

— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) January 23, 2022

As touched on, the problem with taking that route is that Fury could end up getting knocked out by either Whyte, Usyk, or Joshua. Now, if that were to happen then Ngannou can kiss any $40 million payday goodbye and in all likelihood, this eventually would result in a fight not taking place between the two. In other words, the aura is gone and Fury no longer has the financial pulling power to bring in those pay-per-view numbers needed to generate such a fee. 

In addition to that, it seems the earliest this fight can take place is in 2023. If that were to be the case then Ngannou will be 37 and the landscape may have changed in terms of the current UFC champion being in his prime. It’s a simple equation in the sense that if his ability drops then so will the money he gets from a potential showdown with Fury. 

MMA legend @Rampage4real gives his prediction for Fury vs. Ngannou 👊

— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) January 28, 2022

Finally, there’s every chance Fury won’t agree to a fight in the end as he pursues credible interests in the WWE or even announces his retirement from combat sports altogether.

The long and short of it is that Francis Ngannou may be better served by going back to the table to discuss his octagon pay with Dana White and the UFC instead of putting all his eggs in Tyson Fury’s basket. Should the 35-year-old decide to do the latter then there is no guarantee that he will see another cent from fighting.

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