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Galaxy of stars including Cristiano Ronaldo turn out for gala event on eve of Tyson Fury fight

Cristiano Ronaldo meets Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia on Friday night. Photo from the Frank Warren official Facebook page.

A who's who of superstars from sport and showbiz - including footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and rapper Eminem - turned out for a gala event the night before Tyson Fury's big fight.

Former Manchester United star Ronaldo joined a galaxy of big names at a unique gathering in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday, ahead of Fury's bout with Francis Ngannou.

Morecambe's world heavyweight boxing champ Fury, who is a Manchester United fan, looked relaxed as he joked with the Portugese football icon at the glitzy red carpet showpiece.

Fury also mixed with boxing greats including Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Prince Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones Jnr and Roberto Duran.

American rap superstar Eminem was also a guest, as were many other big names from boxing, MMA and football, in an unprecedented line-up of names under one roof.

Photo below from Top Rank Boxing

Other stars at the glittering event included boxing icons Frank Bruno, Manny Pacquiao, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Amir Khan and Oscar de la Hoya, football greats the Brazilian goalscoring legend Ronaldo and former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand, renowned boxing MC Michael Buffer, MMA fighter Chuck Liddell and Hall of Fame boxing promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum.

WBC Heavyweight Champion Fury also came face-to-face with his fellow world boxing heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk.

Both men were in high spirits, and their good-natured greeting ended with the smaller Usyk lifting 'The Gypsy King' off the floor in a bear hug!

Fury and Usyk are set to meet for the undisputed title, possibly on December 23 in Saudi Arabia, should 'The Gypsy King' come through tonight's battle with Ngannou unscathed.

Also on Friday, Fury and Ngannou weighed in ahead of their clash on Saturday.

Announced as being 'from Morecambe, England', Tyson weighed in at 277.7lbs while Ngannou looked a ripped 272.1lbs.

The 6ft 9in Fury said afterwards: "I think he's a big fat sausage and I'll knock him spark out.

"I'm going to make it nice and short for him.

"It's like a table tennis champion facing Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, totally different."

Below, Fury and Ngannou go nose-to-nose at the press conference on Thursday. Photo from TNT Sports.

The fight will be the 37-year-old cage fighter Ngannou's first ever boxing match at amateur or professional level.

The undefeated Tyson, 35, who has 33 wins and one draw in his career, starts as a heavy favourite but says he has taken the power-punching Ngannou's threat extremely seriously,

The Cameroonian made his name in UFC and has amassed a record of 17 wins in 20 fights in MMA, 12 by knockout, including inside-the-distance wins over top UFC fighters Stipe Miocic, Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem and Cain Velasquez.

The fight will be shown on TNT Sports in the UK and the DAZN streaming platform. Sky customers can purchase TNT Sports Box Office on channel 490.

Fury vs Ngannou will also be shown live in many local venues on Saturday night, with ring walks due at around 10.40pm UK time.

Read more: Tyson Fury: "If I lose to Francis Ngannou I want you all to laugh at me!" - Beyond Radio

Tyson Fury says he'd fight for title at Morecambe Football Club - Beyond Radio

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