The Battle of the Baddest, as Saturday’s foremost occasion on ESPN+ PPV is being billed, pits two of the world’s top-ranked heavyweights in opposition to one another in a sanctioned professional boxing match with no actual title on the road. Sadly for former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, the glorified sparring session in opposition to WBC champion Tyson Fury will probably be in a boxing ring and never in a cage.
Ngannou will make his boxing debut Saturday at Boulevard Corridor in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a +800 underdog in opposition to Fury, who’s a -1400 favourite at BetMGM.
Fury has overwhelmed each man he is confronted and holds a formidable 33-0-1 document with 24 knockouts. Ngannou, who’s at present signed to the PFL after vacating his UFC heavyweight belt in January, is 17-3 in MMA with 12 knockouts. However as we have seen with nearly all of these crossover fights, Ngannou’s MMA expertise will hardly come into play contained in the squared circle.
However combat followers have come to anticipate the surprising in fight sports activities and Saturday’s bout has an opportunity, albeit minuscule, to supply one of many largest upsets in boxing historical past if Ngannou is one way or the other capable of KO Fury.
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Tyson Fury-Francis Ngannou dwell updates
Tyson Fury-Francis Ngannou foremost card odds, outcomes, highlights
Heavyweight: Tyson Fury (-1400) vs. Francis Ngannou (+800)
Heavyweight: Fabio Wardley (-275) vs. David Adeleye (+225)
Heavyweight: Joseph Parker def. Simon Kean by TKO in R3
Heavyweight: Arslanbek Makhmudov def. Junior Anthony Wright by TKO in R1
Heavyweight: Moses Itauma def. Istvan Bernath by TKO in R1