How Much Prize Money Did Tyson Fury & Francis Ngannou Earn?
— Updated on 30 October 2023

How Much Prize Money Did Tyson Fury & Francis Ngannou Earn?

— Updated on 30 October 2023
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

There’s a reason mixed martial artists are still pitting themselves against professional boxers under Queensberry Rules, however farcical the match-up. Like a certain 2002 Ice Cube flick, it’s all about the Benjamins. Take the Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou prize money, for example.

Despite the fact that he’s essentially being fed to an undefeated WBC king, who will soon face a fellow boxing great in Oleksandr Usyk, the former UFC heavyweight champion and recent PFL signee is about to record a major victory outside of the ring.

How major are we talking?

Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou Prize Money

Tyson Fury himself has stated Francis Ngannou is set to pocket US$10 million (AU$15.72 million for this non-title exhibition of a crossover bout. Additional reports have since indicated that has swollen to US$20 million (AU$31.44 million)

For context, that’s between triple to six times what the latter has earned throughout the entirety of his UFC career from December 2015 right through to January 2022 (check out the breakdown courtesy of The Sports Daily below).

EventOpponentEarnings (USD)
UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cowboy 2Luis Henrique (Win)$22,500
UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos SantosCurtis Blaydes (Win)$26,500
UFC on Fox: Holm vs. ShevchenkoBojan Mihajlović (Win)$30,500
UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. AbdurakhimovAnthony Hamilton (Win)$124,000
UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. PeñaAndrei Arlovski (Win)$128,500
UFC 218Alistair Overeem (Win)$90,000
UFC 220Stipe Miocic (Loss)$530,000
UFC 226Derrick Lewis (Loss)$105,000
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2Curtis Blaydes (Win)$255,000
UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. VelasquezCain Velasquez (Win)$225,000
UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs. dos SantosJunior dos Santos (Win)$300,000
UFC 249Jairzinho Rozenstruik (Win)$320,000
UFC 260Stipe Miocic (Win)$580,000
UFC 270Ciryl Gane (Win)$642,000

As the major draw of this circus-like spectacle, Tyson Fury is earning a far more significant US$50 million (AU$78.6 million). At least according to the claims of training partner and occasional opponent Derek Chisora.

It’s worth noting neither purses accounts for sponsorships.

Does Francis Ngannou stand a chance against Tyson Fury?

UPDATE [30/10/2023]: Holy s**t, Francis Ngannou proved us all wrong. He really almost beat the GOAT. Considering the calibre of boxer Tyson Fury is supposed to be, The Gypsy King’s split decision victory can basically be considered a loss (and an indelible stain upon his legacy).

On paper, someone could argue Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou makes sense. A closer examination of the material facts, however, paints what looks to be a rather lopsided affair.

In one corner, you have a man who is a proper physical specimen and — yes — reputedly holds the record for the world’s hardest punch; who could forget how he lifted Alistair Overeem off his feet with that nasty uppercut? And having Mike Tyson coaching you has to count for something… Right?

Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou Prize Money: Big Swings, Big $$$
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

But in the other, you have one of the 21st century’s most dominant heavyweight boxers. A technician of the highest order who glides on the canvas with the stunning grace of a Baryshnikov-trained ballerina; punches with the force of a speeding hatchback; and has prevailed time and time again in spite of being built like a bloody forklift operator from Essex.

Throw in the fact that Ngannou has, until recently, displayed a blatant disregard for boxing fundamentals, and the forecast becomes a certainty.

Ever since footage of Ngannou being coached by Tyson surfaced, everyone from ex-boxing champ turned pundit Carl Froch to prolific promoter Eddie Hearn has come forward to publicly vivisect the mixed martial artist’s “amateurish” form, with particular regard to his entirely anaemic jab.

“Listen, this is a f***ing sparring session, probably the easiest spar [Fury] ever had,” said Froch.

“I don’t care that Ngannou can punch. A mule can kick really hard, but he’s never going to be able to line it up.”

“Tyson Fury’s gonna play with him,” added Hearn.

“Johnny Fisher (10-0) is the Southern Area champion. Fisher vs Ngannou is a total mismatch. Fisher would have him out of there in a round.”

John Fury, outspoken father of Tyson, was practically the first to note: “I hope he’s kidding along and he’s playing possum here. I hope that’s a joke and intended to be a laugh… He won’t get out the first round, it’s probably gonna be Tyson’s quickest knockout.”

“That’s embarrassing. If that’s what he can do on a public workout, don’t bother doing a public workout. It’s a disgrace.”

Who knows? Perhaps we’ll be proven wrong. Actually, we’d be quite happy to be proven wrong.

How To Watch Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou In Australia

Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou is scheduled to go down this Sunday (October 29th, 2023) with the main card kicking off at 4 AM AEST. Meaning you probably won’t be able to hit up a pub to catch this one for free.

Hosted in Riyadh’s Boulevard Hall (Saudi Arabia) with the purely symbolic WBC Commemorative Riyadh Championship on the line, you can watch Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou here in Australia for $39.95 with Main Event via Kayo Sports.

You can also purchase the pay-per-view card for just $34.99 via the ever-faithful DAZN. Dealer’s choice.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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