Former UFC Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou was on Joe Rogan‘s podcast to discuss his boxing debut among other things. Rogan claimed that Ngannou would earn “real money” in the rematch of the fight if he wins.
Ngannou was a guest on the JRE MMA Show #146. The Cameroonian-French fighter is gearing up for his boxing debut against Brit Tyson Fury. The Heavyweight battle is set to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 28, 2023.
The Middle Eastern country has come to the forefront of multiple sports as it tries to create the ultimate sporting ecosystem. A weapon they have used well to create such an ecosystem is funding. They have acquired the services of exceptional European soccer players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. The country has also hosted and is set to host multiple combat sports events.
However, Rogan feels that there will be much more money involved in a rematch if Ngannou wins. The UFC commentator said, “Well if you knocked Tyson Fury out, the real money’s in a rematch.”
Ngannou agreed and Rogan further said, “That’s the real money, that’s crazy buddy”
Ngannou’s actual fight purse has not been revealed yet. However, a few reports claim that he will earn significantly more than he used to earn in the UFC.
Tyson Fury claims Francis Ngannou is set to earn a minimum of $10 million from their fight
According to The Sun, Fury has seemingly leaked Ngannou’s purse. The WBC heavyweight champion said: “Everyone said he was an idiot for walking away from the UFC and now all of a sudden he’s a genius, isn’t he?
“Guys a genius isn’t he? Guys about to make $10 million.”
Tyson Fury on Francis Ngannou leaving the UFCpic.twitter.com/O2xIAT0GWt
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) September 7, 2023
“Guy’s about to make $10 million. Come on! Egg in their face! Francis is going to make that bag. Rich!”
However, it is believed that Ngannou is set to earn much more than the minimum of $10 million. His cut of the pay-per-view buys added on to his sponsorships will raise the figure much higher.
Ngannou is going into his boxing debut as the underdog. Although he is being trained by boxing legend Mike Tyson, it will be a humongous ask to defeat a boxer with an undefeated record in 34 matches.
Fury won the WBC Heavyweight title in February 2020 against Deontay Wilder. He defended his title successfully in the rematch in October 2021. Later, Fury defended his title against Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora in April and December 2022, respectively. Fury’s bout against Ngannou will be a 10-round official bout but his title will not be at stake.