Tyson Fury's next opponent set to be against boxing newcomer in exhibition fight with 'no knockdowns', says Eddie Hearn | The Sun

EDDIE HEARN has claimed Tyson Fury is set for an exhibition bout next where "no knockdowns" will be allowed.

Fury has been searching for a fight to return in following failed talks for a historic title unification against Oleksandr Usyk.

And, according to rival promoter Hearn, the Gypsy King is in line for an exhibition with ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou.

Hearn told Boxing Social: "I believe so, this is what I've heard. It will be an exhibition apparently, no knockdowns or anything.

"I don't know, I'm only telling you what I've heard. Who knows what's what, but I think that is apparently what is gonna be the next fight."

Fury, 34, and Usyk, 36, saw talks for the heavyweight division's first-ever four-belt undisputed decider collapse earlier in the year.

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And the WBC champion has so far failed in finding an opponent to welcome him back to the ring in the summer.

Meanwhile Ngannou, 36, left the UFC when his contract expired to make a lucrative switch to boxing.

He held talks with Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder also but Fury has also been his preferred opponent.

And Hearn admits both heavyweight stars will be in line for mega-money paydays for their crossover blockbuster.

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He said: "Disappointing, but it is what it is. "It's a big event, but I wanted to see him fight Oleksandr Usyk.

"It'd be nice to get an undisputed champion, but Tyson's in charge of his own career and I'm sure he's gonna make a load of money, good luck to him."

Fury and Ngannou previously agreed on a mixed-rules bout, using boxing rules but in a cage with smaller 4oz gloves on.

And promoter Frank Warren has teased his next fight will be a "game-changer" with an announcement eyed for as early as next week.

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