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Francis Ngannou completely blanked Eminem at event before Tyson Fury fight

Francis Ngannou completely blanked Eminem at event before Tyson Fury fight

Francis Ngannou is set to fight Tyson Fury tonight

Tonight is the big night. Fight night - and it’s not another YouTuber one this time so you can relax.

Tyson Fury is set to face Francis Ngannou in a historic 10-round crossover bout that’s been branded the ‘Battle of the Baddest’.

The Gypsy King and former UFC heavyweight champion are set to fight tonight (28 October) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

And last night, a big fancy gala dinner was held with a whole load of stars in attendance.

Having previously relocated to the country to play for Al Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo attended the event at St Regis Hotel.

He even took pictures with the likes of Fury’s younger brother, Tommy.

Fellow former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand was also at the gala as well as Ronaldo Nazário, Ricky Hatton and Mike Tyson – who has been coaching Ngannou.

Plus, Slim Shady himself, Eminem, was also there despite not totally being recognised by everyone.

The Cameroonian-French MMA star and professional boxer didn’t realise the rapper was there and completely blanked him.

Ngannou's reaction to Eminem.

In a video shared to X by Boxing on TNT Sports, Ngannou makes his way through the crowd and walks right by Eminem.

But others call and pull the fighter back, pointing to the rapper he’s just ignored.

After a moment of confusion, Ngannou’s jaw drops as he realises who it is and pulls him in for a handshake.

And to be fair to him, Eminem is looking pretty different these days.

The ‘Without Me’ rapper’s platinum blonde hair is long gone as the 51-year-old is almost unrecognisable from his younger days.

Instead, he has much darker hair as he covers up with a cap and even seems to have longer hair at the back.

With Eminem sporting a tracksuit and Ngannou a suit, the pair also posed for a snap together.

Tyson has his own fight against Francis Ngannou this weekend.
Justin Setterfield/Getty

Fans commented on the video to say: “You can’t blank Eminem, the guy’s a legend!”

Another jokes: “How dare you nearly blank Slim Shady.”

One also pointed out: “How many legends are there in Saudi, man I wish I was there rn , they’ve literally got every alive GOAT to come to this event.”

With others echoing: “Dam the goat of all has arrived!! They really pulled this guest list out the bag.”

The main event ringwalks for the Fury vs Ngannou fight are set to take place at around 10:40pm UK time tonight, dependent on the lengths of the undercard matches.

TNT Sports Box Office is broadcasting the event live in the UK via pay-per-view for £21.95.

Featured Image Credit: X/Boxingontnt

Topics: Boxing, Celebrity, Eminem, Tyson Fury, World News, Sport