Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has long promised former UFC champion Francis Ngannou an opportunity in the boxing ring, and this fight comes to fruition Saturday when they meet in a 10-round main event. The showcase tops the main Fury vs. Ngannou fight card from (2 p.m. ET) from Riyadh Arena in Saudi Arabia. Ngannou left the UFC following stalled contract negotiations and just one defense of his heavyweight title but leaves an MMA legacy as perhaps the most powerful puncher in the history of the promotion. His boxing debut comes against the undefeated Fury, who holds the WBC crown and is known as a masterful ring technician with devastating power to boot.
Fury is a -2,000 betting favorite (risk $2,000 to win $100), while Ngannou returns a price of +1080 in the latest Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou odds. The over/under for total rounds finished is 4.5, with the Under listed at +122 and the Over offered at -156. Before locking in any Francis Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury picks, make sure you see the boxing predictions and betting advice from SportsLine expert Peter Kahn.
Kahn is a true boxing insider who has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on inside and outside of the ring. He has managed numerous world champions and currently manages 20 fighters through his company, Fight Game Advisors. Kahn won the 2022 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D’Amato Manager of the Year award and was named to the 2023 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame.
Kahn is uncanny when it comes to picking fights. He is an astounding 44-13 on his last 57 SportsLine boxing picks, returning nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him has already seen massive returns.
Now, with Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou approaching, Kahn has studied the matchup from every angle and released confident selections for the fight. You can only see his picks and analysis at SportsLine.
Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou preview
Although it’s rare to find credible experts or analysts who will publicly back the underdog in these types of fights, Ngannou (17-3 MMA) has found his share of support from reputable sources.
Chief among them is likely Teddy Atlas, the famed former trainer of champions such as Mike Tyson, Timothy Bradley and numerous others. Atlas is now considered the preeminent analyst in the sport and he is always busy with media requests ahead of major fights. This week, Atlas told the media he believes Ngannou has a legitimate chance to win. Atlas said he was invited to train Ngannou for one day in Las Vegas and was impressed not only with the former UFC star’s power, but his movement and natural boxing instincts.
“I was in Vegas. I went to his gym, and I trained him for one day,” Atlas said on his podcast. “I saw firsthand, not only his power, which anyone could see and feel up close, but I saw his athleticism and I saw that he was smart. He picked up things. He did. In a little short period, I showed him a few things, and he started picking them up.”
Some questions were raised as to whether Fury was taking Saturday’s main event seriously when his promoters announced that, barring injury or other unforeseen circumstances, he would face Usyk in a much-anticipated fight for the unified heavyweight championship as early as December.
Fury told the media this week that he wasn’t the source of that announcement and wished it hadn’t happened because it suggests a level of disrespect for Ngannou. However, the WBC champion made it clear that he prepared for Saturday’s fight with the same intensity and vigor he has for all his matches.
“I’ve trained as hard as I can train for Francis. I’ve trained for a 10-round war, and anything less is a bonus,” Fury said. “You can’t listen to the betting odds or what the pundits say or what anyone says. I don’t take anybody lightly. This guy is hungry. This guy has a point to prove. You think I’m not going to train for him?” See who to back at SportsLine.
How to make Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou picks
We can share that Kahn likes the fight to go Over 4.5 rounds. He’s also made the call on a method-of-victory prop and a confident money-line pick. You can only see his picks at SportsLine.
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