Frank Warren, promoter WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, is expecting a shootout when his boxer steps in the ring for a non-title fight with former UFC champion Francis Ngannou.

Fury will collide with Ngannou on October 28 in Saudi Arabia.

Ngannou is a massive underdog, as he makes his pro boxing debut against the man most observers regard as the top heavyweight in the sport.

To properly prepare for the contest, Ngannou retained the training services of former undisrupted heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who - in a storyline twist, Fury was named after.

Warren does not see any possible scenario where Ngannou will outbox Fury for a victory.

The veteran promoter expects Ngannou to pursue a knockout - which in turn he predicts will lead to a toe to toe encounter.

"I can't see him outboxing Tyson, I can only see him coming to do what he does best. Throw bombs, he is a big puncher. So I think there is going to be a shootout," Warren told Talk Sport.

"Tyson's last few fights, he hasn't exactly come out and boxed he has gone out and traded with people. So I think it is going to be bombs away. He has got to get this one out of the way."

Beyond a fight with Ngannou, Warren would love to see Fury unify with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world champion Oleksandr Usyk - but cautions that it's ultimately up to Fury who he faces next.

"At the moment, [the Ngannou fight] is going to be a massive event. Get this one done and see where the land lies. Me, personally, I would love to see him unify the titles. But Tyson is his own man and he will decide what he wants to do," Warren said.