Reports this week that Tyson Fury has continued to train during a family vacation in the south of France have rekindled speculation that the two-time world heavyweight champion could soon be considering a return to action.
Following his recent crushing victory over Dillian Whyte, Fury publicly announced his intention to retire from boxing.
“The Predator” has remained idle amid a contract dispute with the UFC in the wake of his unanimous-decision victory over Cyril Gane in mid-January.
Indeed, a clause permitting him to fight Fury is among the contract demands of the No. 5 contender on the UFC pound-for-pound rankings, who has emerged as one of the UFC’s biggest draws during his epic rise to the top of the heavyweight division.
But when it comes to the Fury vs Ngannou odds, it is the “Gypsy King” who has emerged as a heavy favorite to prevail in this intriguing clash of knockout specialists.
Fury vs Ngannou Odds
Online sportsbook BetUS has been quick to offer a betting line on a potential clash between these heavyweight champions. Fury is pegged as a heavy -1000 favorite, while Ngannou lags as a +600 underdog.
That means backers of the Gypsy King must wager $1,000 to generate winnings of $100, while a successful $100 bet on Ngannou will produce tidy winnings of $600.
According to our sports betting calculator, Fury’s short odds translate to an implied win probability of 90.91 percent, while Ngannou’s lengthy odds translate to an implied win probability of just 14.29 percent.
Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou Betting Odds Analysis
While there seems to be plenty of enthusiasm in both camps for this fight, a number of questions linger that could potentially impact betting decisions. Front and center among those is what gloves would be used in the fight.
Previous fights pitting a boxer against an MMA fighter have featured 10-ounce gloves, including last year’s clash between Jake Paul and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Fury has stated he is fine entering the ring (or cage) against Ngannou using four-ounce MMA gloves. While the smaller gloves might give the Cameroonian an edge in a clash with a relative amateur like Paul, Ngannou could be hard pressed to land punches against a seasoned pro like Fury.
Fury also raised eyebrows with his suggestion that limited opportunities for takedowns be allowed during any clash with Ngannou. Considering Ngannou’s proven abilities on the mat, such a move has the potential to tilt the betting line in the Predator’s favor.
Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou Preview
Fans of big men throwing bombs are likely delighted by the prospect of a Fury vs Ngannou matchup. Undefeated in 33 fights as a pro, Fury once again demonstrated his devastating punching power while ending Dillian Whyte’s night with a sixth-round TKO in their April clash at Wembley Stadium.
Overall, the Gypsy King has finished opponents in 23 of 33 outings, with 16 of those victories coming inside five rounds.
While Fury has been dominant throughout his career, he has also survived scares in the ring. Former champion Deontay Wilder became the first man to knock down the Gypsy King twice in the same round during their October 2021 clash.
Despite the beating he took in that clash, Fury still managed to lift himself off the mat and end the night with an 11th-round KO.
Ngannou Recovering Following Last Title Defense
Back-to-back losses to Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018 look to have served Ngannou well. The Predator has since posted six straight wins.
That run features four knockout victories inside five minutes prior to the second-round KO victory over Miocic at UFC 260 that earned him the UFC heavyweight crown.
Ngannou needed a full five rounds to get past Cyril Gane in his first title defense earlier this year. In that bruising clash, the 35-year-old also suffered a knee injury he continues to recuperate from.
But while Ngannou failed to finish the biggest man he has faced to date in the Octagon, that fight provided him with ample opportunity to show off his grappling skills while executing four of five takedowns and establishing control for almost eight and a half minutes.
Fury vs Ngannou Pick
While recent previous forays into the ring by MMA fighters have come against amateur boxers, this clash would represent an intriguing best-on-best matchup.
With fight rules not yet established, sports bettors may wish to hold off on placing wagers right away. Indeed, there would be little value in wagering on Ngannou in a pure boxing matchup.
But should this clash evolve into a true hybrid bout, where Ngannou can make use of his improving skills on the mat, the hard-hitting Cameroonian would offer considerable value, even at shortened odds.
The Pick: Francis Ngannou (+600)
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Odds Shark Staff Mon, Jun 27, 2:58pmVideo