Tyson Fury put down his list of conditions to close out a fight against UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in 2023.
Tyson Fury wants Mike Tyson as referee for Ngannou fight
“Francis, I know that you are already free from the UFC contract, so if you want a big bag, come find the Gypsy King and let’s have a fight to find the baddest guy in the world,” Fury said in an interview with Seconds Out. “I’m already thinking about doing it in a cage, with four-ounce gloves and with the great Mike Tyson as referee.”
Currently, the African is out of contract with the mixed martial arts company, so he continues to look for the best option to return, be it in MMA or boxing.
Last year, after his fight with Dillian Whyte, Fury retired from boxing but said he could return if there was a clash with Ngannou. However, Tyson backed down from hanging up the gloves and is now in pursuit of unification.
Fury returned to fight and defended his belt against Derek Chisora in December 2022. From there he set his sights on a heavyweight unification fight against Oleksandr Usyk.
In recent weeks, both sides have said that the negotiations are on the right track. So Fury will soon unite against the Ukrainian and probably look for Ngannou afterwards.
“If the contract with Usyk is not signed soon, we will do the fight with Ngannou,” Fury went on, “If we don’t close it, we will move to new horizons. For now the talks are going well, but we don’t have anything signed on paper. I am calm and I wait patiently for that fight”.
Similarly, the current WBC champion said that a fight with Anthony Joshua no longer holds any interest for him and he prefers to take on new challenges after Usyk.
“I’m not interested in the Joshua fight,” Fury added. “They already had their moment and their opportunity and it never happened, so I look elsewhere.”