Undefeated British heavyweight Tyson Fury will finally make his long rumoured switch to professional wrestling when he takes on WWE superstar Braun Strowman in Saudi Arabia on October 31.
“How honoured I am to be here and be involved in such a massive event in Saudi Arabia. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me,” Fury said at a news conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday.
The storyline leading to Fury’s confirmation of a brief stint in WWE saw the boxer make a ringside appearance at WWE Smackdown last Friday where he was confronted by Strowman.
Fury, who is preparing for a rematch with World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder next year, said performing in the WWE has long been dream of his. In December, Fury got off the canvas to earn a draw with Wilder.
“This is something I’ve always dreamed of. I am lifelong WWE fan and this is a fantastic opportunity for me,” Fury said.
“When I go to Saudi, I am still going to be undefeated, I am going to knock Braun Strowman out. He’s meeting a guy who has the best hands in boxing. He don’t want none of these hands.”
Strowman said he will have the upper hand when Fury makes his wrestling debut.
“Tyson heed my warning. In WWE we don’t wear gloves and you are coming into my world,” Strowman said.
In entering the WWE, Fury follows former boxers Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather, while US
WWE champion Brock Lesnar – a former UFC heavyweight champion – will also face UFC’s Cain Velasquez at the event, which has been named Crown Jewel and will take place in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.