facts about Tyson Fury vs Ngannou fight result?

MMA Fighting has Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou live round-by-round updates for one of the most anticipated boxing fights of the year at the Freedom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Saturday afternoon.

The main event is expected to begin around 5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and DAZN pay-per-view. Check out our Fury vs. Ngannou results page to find out what happened on the undercard.

Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 knockouts) will fight for the first time this year at the event. The WBC heavyweight champion is expected to face Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight title at the end of the year.

Francis Ngannou will make his pro boxing debut for the first time at 37 years old. It will be his first fight since his departure from the UFC. The former UFC heavyweight champion posted a 17-3 record in MMA with 12 knockouts.

Fury has never tasted defeat as a professional and has met other massive punches, including three fights with Deontay Wilder in which Wilder scored knockdowns but could not keep Fury on the canvas. Fury also is set to face WBA, WBO and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk with a targeted date of Dec. 23, which adds a bit of extra intrigue to the Ngannou fight as any injury or cut could set Fury back from his pursuit of becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era.

Ngannou defeated Stipe Miocic in March 2021 to win the UFC heavyweight championship. He defended the title with a decision over Ciryl Gane the following January and then parted ways with the UFC amid a bitter round of contract negotiations. One of the sticking points in those negotiations was Ngannou’s desire to take a chance in the boxing ring.

The undercard really doesn’t do much for casual fans checking in for the spectacle that is expected in the main event. But the fights to go off before Fury and Ngannou hit the ring are all heavyweight contests with a few names hardcore fans might recognize. Fabio Wardley and David Adeleye are set as the chief support bout for the main event. Plus, former WBO heavyweight champ Joseph Parker is back in action when he takes on Simon Kean. And veteran Carlos Takam hits the ring once more when he battles with Martin Bakole.Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou: Live stream updates, results, video highlights for today

With so much happening on Saturday night, let’s take a closer look at the full fight card with the latest odds before we get to our staff predictions and picks for the PPV portion of the festivities.

Fury vs. Ngannou card, odds

  • Tyson Fury -1400 vs. Francis Ngannou +750, heavyweights
  • Fabio Wardley -310 vs. David Adeleye +230, heavyweights
  • Joseph Parker -1200 vs. Simon Kean +600, heavyweights
  • Martin Bakole -750 vs. Carlos Takam +475, heavyweights

Predictions and expert picks

Brian Campbell, writer and host of “Morning Kombat”: Inevitably, this fight will become the skill mismatch it’s expected to be but not without Fury using his size in order to force Ngannou to carry his weight in hopes of a late knockout. The problem remains that Ngannou, who took a beating for the final four rounds of his first UFC title fight against Stipe Miocic in 2019, isn’t exactly easy to finish. Although the odds don’t favor this fight going the distance, the possibility remains, especially if Ngannou can prove to be more dangerous than expected. Either way, expect this to be one-way traffic in favor of Fury.

Brent Brookhouse, staff writer: There’s no real question about who wins here. Outside of the proverbial “puncher’s chance” there’s no real path to victory for Ngannou. And even that chance is diminished somewhat when you remember that Fury has been caught clean and dropped multiple times by Wilder, one of the hardest punchers pound-for-pound in boxing history. Ngannou needs to land a bomb that does more damage to Fury than Wilder, a world champion boxer, was able to. Maybe Ngannou can land that bomb and maybe Fury’s chin has diminished some. But probably not. Also, Fury has tremendous defense and head movement, which will cause further complications for Ngannou connecting with a fight-ending shot. All credit to Ngannou for taking the chance to split from the UFC and chase down a huge payday but it’s hard to see how the end result goes his way. Before the Usyk fight was signed, I’d have expected Fury to “play the game” and drag Ngannou along a bit. There’s simply too much risk for Fury to play around now and possibly derail the massive bout to crown an undisputed champion. Fury in less than four rounds.

Shakiel Mahjouri, staff writer: This fight is a money grab, but that doesn’t mean that Ngannou and his team aren’t preparing to shock the world. Ngannou’s power is a cheat code but even giving him a puncher’s chance is generous. The former UFC heavyweight champion makes his boxing debut against arguably the best heavyweight boxer alive. Fury is vastly more experienced and technically sound. Even worse, Fury has just about every physical advantage. The WBC heavyweight champ is taller, longer, younger and wields superior stamina. The chaotic gremlin inside me would love nothing more than an Ngannou knockout, but I see Fury putting him away by Round 6.

Brandon Wise, senior editor: The math around this match is pretty obvious. I respect Francis Ngannou and his story to reach this kind of success and riches in his career from where he began. But it does feel like this is checking off a bucket-list item more than Ngannou thinking he has any chance of pulling the upset. He has been way too chummy with Fury all week, seeming to know what the score will be when the fight starts. I expect Fury to keep the distance as much as possible and avoid any serious risk while Ngannou struggles to find him and his incredibly elusive defense. Ngannou will try to land his powerful right hand, but will struggle to land much of anything for as long as this lasts. Given that Fury has his unification with Usyk on the books, expect the “Gypsy King” to try and step on the throttle in the middle rounds and try to end things before some silliness could play out.

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