Slated for a huge showdown in Saudia Arabia, WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury is set to square off with former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Francis Ngannou in a boxing fight. In what should be an exciting fight, this will mark a return to boxing for Ngannou who has made the majority of his fame and wealth in mixed martial arts. Conversely, this fight will be a big match for Fury as he is also readying for another huge bout later this year. That bout will be against unified WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title also in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. However, he would be wise not to underestimate Ngannou who has been recorded to have the world’s strongest punching power in recent history.
In this article, SBS will be going over what to look for from each competitor along with a predicted winner and even more notes about boxing betting.
A fighter that needs no introduction, the champion Fury is an incredible 33-0-1, with his only tie occurring in controversial fashion to Deontay Wilder back in 2018. With 24 knockouts in his career, the 35-year-old fighter has shown he can beat all comers in the heavyweight boxing division. Moreover, his last four bouts have been spectacular showcases, including two battles against Wilder where Fury won in the seventh (second fight) and eleventh rounds (trilogy bout). Since then he has also knocked off the likes of Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora, the latter of which occurred in December of last year.
In terms of star power, there might not be a bigger boxing draw in the world than Fury. His championship fights have drawn millions of viewers and he has showcased his crossover appeal by performing in WWE and also in other pop culture venues. As last year, he is ranked as the world’s best active heavyweight boxer by ESPN.
A former UFC heavyweight title-holder, Ngannou actually never lost his title belt as he was the reigning UFC Heavyweight champion before he parted ways with the promotion. Prior to him leaving the UFC, Ngannou was one of the most dominant heavyweights in the history of the promotion. Riding a six-fight winning streak, the champion had put together five different KO/TKO victories during that span along with a unanimous decision win over Ciryl Gane to unify the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Moreover, he also avenged an earlier loss to Stipe Miocic by knocking out the champion in a Performance of the Night showcase at UFC 260.
Ngannou though has not boxed for some time as he has been mainly focusing on his MMA career since his pro debut in 2013. That said, he is known for his sensational knockout power and is one of the hardest-hitting combat sports athletes in the world. He has won 12 of his 17 professional MMA career wins by way of knockout as well.
Prediction: This should be an exciting matchup with both fighters set to unleash a bunch of raw power. With that in mind, Fury is undefeated and has a lot more professional boxing experience, so take the champion to win here.
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