Undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will meet former UFC Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a highly-anticipated crossover event on Saturday, October 28.
The 10-round boxing match will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. As fans eagerly wait for the boxing betting odds to be released, speculations are rife about who will come out on top.
Fury (33-0-1) has been idle since defeating Derek Chisora via a 10th-round TKO in front of 60,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last October. The 6-foot-9 boxer has notched six consecutive wins since a controversial draw against Deontay Wilder in 2018.
In January, Ngannou (17-3) posted a unanimous decision win against Ciryl Gane in his final UFC bout to unify the Heavyweight Championship. The Cameroonian-French brawler tallied six straight wins before vacating the title when his contract expired.
The odds for this fight have yet to be posted. Please check back soon to learn who the oddsmakers think will win this epic boxing exhibition match.
Fury is a legitimate knockout artist with 24 knockdowns in 34 career fights. The British title holder has a ridiculous 85-inch reach, which allows him to punish opposing fighters with jabs and combinations while limiting any chance of damaging blows finding their targets.
The 34-year-old is also a brawler who can weaponize his size and pound foes with a series of heavy blows. Fury has toppled much larger competitors than Ngannou and has solid footwork for a man with such an enormous frame. He expertly avoided the fight-ending blows that Deontay Wilder threw in their last bout.
The 'Gypsy King' has been floored on six occasions in his career but has always managed to get back on his feet. Wilder knocked down Fury twice in their epic battle five years ago but still could not finish off the boxing champion.
While most boxing analysts do not give Ngannou much chance to pull off the upset, the hard-hitting UFC veteran is arguably the biggest knockout threat Fury has ever encountered.
"We're not talking two light guys, 140 pounds," Fury said. "He's a monster of a guy, I'm a monster of a guy, so it will be a clash of the titans.
"I'm looking forward to showing the world that The Gypsy King is the greatest fighter of his generation in an epic battle with another master of his craft."
In a recent interview with K.O. Artists Sports, former heavyweight Evander Holyfield shared his thoughts about the crossover clash.
"Tyson Fury, he's a big guy, but he boxed really well and showed that he
Ngannou is also a top-level power puncher who racked up 12 knockouts in 20 mixed martial arts fights. The soon-to-be 37-year-old uses a traditional right-handed stance but can hurt opponents with a dangerous left-handed uppercut. He is also adept at switching stances and favors punching combinations instead of single strikes.
The 'Predator' has never been knocked out but was hit with an unimpressive 59 percent of overall strike attempts during his time in the UFC. He was also at a considerable disadvantage against Gane, who landed 74% of his strikes against Ngannou before the fight went to the mat for almost eight of the final 15 minutes.
While Ngannou will probably need a knockout blow to win the bout, UFC boss Dana White believes his former champion has the power to shock the boxing world.
"His punches are equivalent to 96 horsepower," White said. "That's equal to getting hit by a Ford Escort going as fast as possible, and it's more powerful than a 12-pound sledgehammer from full-force overhead."
Despite the match being Ngannou's first foray into boxing, the 10-year veteran combat fighter is confident he can knockout Fury.
"My dream was always to box and to box the best. After becoming the undisputed MMA Heavyweight Champion, this is my opportunity to make that dream come true and cement my position as the baddest man on the planet."
Although Ngannou expects the fight to be a difficult challenge that will not be easy, he still expects to come out on top when all is said and done.
"I know it's going to be very challenging for me," Ngannou told Sky Sports News.
"I don't think I will be frustrated because I'm not going there, just expecting to hit him easily. I know it's going to be tough; it might even be tougher for me than for him, which is the case because he has a lot of experience.
"I'm prepared for that; my mind is ready for that. I have that information; even in my training camp, I'm preparing for someone who is tough, not easy to hit, very well-rounded as a boxer, and very durable.
"It's about a delivery system. You can have the biggest weapon, but you also need to aim at the right target and hit it. We are shaping that skill to be able to deliver in the proper direction so we can get the result."
The most prevalent bet type for boxing matches is the moneyline, betting on who will win the fight outright.
Given his experience and dominant reign over the heavyweight division for the past two years, Fury is our pick to win this fight.
The Over/Under bet is another popular type, where bettors wager on the number of rounds the fight will last. Given both Fury and Ngannow's elite punching power, this fight could end in the early rounds.
If we consider the lack of boxing experience of Ngannow and Fury's superior ring skills, we might expect the fight not to last five complete rounds. Thus, betting Under 5.0 rounds could be a winning pick.
Two of the top fighters in combat sports will meet in a crossover event when boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury clashes with former mixed martial artist heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. This epic 10-round battle will occur on Saturday, October 28, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
WBC Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is a massive favorite to defeat former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in their October 28 showdown in Saudi Arabia. Fury has lorded over the heavyweight division, while Ngannou will make his professional boxing debut after an impressive mixed martial artist career.
No undercard has been announced yet for this intriguing boxing matchup. However, both men are expected to bring fighters from their respective stables. Please check this article for updates on which young guns and local fighters will be added to the card.
Live betting is available for boxing during the fight. However, you can only place bets between rounds when the in-play betting odds are updated. Moneyline wagers representing the odds for who will win the fight outright are the most popular type of betting for boxing. Other live betting types include "three-way" moneyline wagers and prop bets such as the method of victory, total rounds (how long a fight will last), points betting, and parlays.