CONOR McGREGOR has revealed he will attend Tyson Fury’s bizarre crossover fight with Francis Ngannou in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia continues to be the new home of major boxing following Anthony Joshua’s rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah in 2022.
The latest incident on Saturday, in which boxing hosted one of the biggest fights of the year in the Middle East’s absolute monarchy, has drawn further criticism of the sport for selling its soul.
Like the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s takeover of Newcastle United and its takeover of golf, the recent trend has been widely condemned as sportswashing in the truest sense of the word.
However, The Notorious told his followers via voice note that he was only too happy to accept the invitation from “His Excellency” – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
He said: “What’s up boys, the infamous Conor McGregor here.”
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“I am excited to announce that I will be traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia tomorrow morning for the big blockbuster fight between boxer Tyson Fury and mixed martial artist Francis Ngannou.”
“Crossover boxes. MMA is taking another approach to boxing, this time in the Kingdom and this time with the heavyweights.
“I’m really excited to be there and can’t wait to land in Saudi Arabia and see what the country has to offer. I sincerely appreciate the invitation and am really looking forward to it.”
He then spoke about what a fight it will be, despite The Gypsy King being the bookmakers’ favorite at 1/25.
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One of the reasons he feels he’s “engaged in history” is because Fury was named after Mike Tyson – who will be in Ngannou’s corner.
McGregor called this a possible factor that could weigh on the 6-foot-tall megastar’s mind.
He ended his four-minute sermon with a greeting to bin Salman.
“All in all, it’s a very interesting fight.
“The Kingdom has invited me, the Kingdom and His Excellency have invited me there, and I gladly accept the invitation and cannot wait.”
“See you tomorrow and God bless.”