- Fury predicting knock out win
- Press conference descends into chaos
- Fury not fazed by Ngannou power
In a boisterous and theatrical media conference, Tyson Fury boldly declared his intent to knock Francis Ngannou “spark out,” a statement met with a light-hearted retort from the former UFC champion. The event, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was marked by the animated presence of Fury’s father, John.
Fury confident of knockout
Set to take place on Saturday, the bout will not put Fury’s WBC heavyweight title on the line. Despite criticism from boxing traditionalists for this crossover match against the boxing novice Ngannou, the fight’s professional status remains uncertain. It is scheduled in a separate ring adjacent to undercard bouts, overseen by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).
Although the WBC hasn’t sanctioned this as a world-title contest, a special ‘Riyadh Champion’ belt will be awarded to the victor.
Ngannou, known for his remarkable journey from a sand quarry in Cameroon to the pinnacle of combat sports, acknowledged the risk Fury is taking by accepting the fight. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity, even as John Fury injected his own colourful commentary into the proceedings.
Ngannou’s MMA record of 12 knockouts from 17 fights with three defeats underscores his striking power, but Fury remains unfazed. Confident in his training with Sugar Hill, Fury asserted his belief in knocking Ngannou out cold.
The anticipation for this unique showdown continues to build, as fans await the clash between a seasoned boxing champion and an MMA powerhouse.
Fury is the overwhelming favourite, as you would expect given that the pair are meeting in his specialist discipline. Bettors may need to look for a wager on the method and/or timing of victory in order to add value.
Ngannou is, however, an extremely powerful puncher and a world class MMA fighter. There is a very small chance that he might land a decisive blow. Given the odds, 50/1 for a Ngannou win with SpreadEx at the time of writing, some punters may want to chance a bit of cash on Ngannou, expecting to lose it, but knowing that a freak result would see a big payday.
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