Francis Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, made a bold career move by leaving the UFC to pursue opportunities in boxing. His gamble paid off as he secured a lucrative boxing bout against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. While Ngannou almost pulled off an astonishing upset in the fight, he is now considered one of the hottest names in combat sports.
During an interview on The MMA Hour, Ngannou’s representative, Marquel Martin, didn’t disclose specific figures about Ngannou’s earnings for the Tyson Fury fight. Still, he emphasized that Ngannou’s professional boxing debut turned out to be significantly more lucrative than anything he would have earned in the UFC. Martin clarified that, even if you added up all of Ngannou’s potential UFC earnings, they would not match what he earned from just one boxing fight.
This financial success allows Ngannou a multitude of options for his next career move. While he is already “90 percent” sure about his next fight, he has multiple intriguing options on the table. Saudi royal adviser Turki Alalshikh has proposed a bid to retain Ngannou for his next boxing match. PFL founder Donn Davis suggested mixed rules bout against Deontay Wilder under the PFL banner, and Eddie Hearn publicly lobbied for a boxing match against Anthony Joshua.
According to Marquel Martin, regardless of which direction Ngannou chooses for his next fight, he is poised to make significant earnings. Ngannou now has control over his own destiny, supported by an excellent partnership with Turki and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His next career move is eagerly anticipated, and the combat sports world is eager to see who Ngannou will face next.
This successful transition from the UFC to boxing has made Francis Ngannou a trailblazer, taking control of his career and setting an example for other fighters to consider their worth and negotiate their contracts more effectively. While Martin hopes that more fighters will learn from Ngannou’s experience, he acknowledges that this transition may not be easily replicable for other UFC athletes due to the unique circumstances they face. However, he aspires to see positive changes in the representation and treatment of fighters in the future.