Being big is applicable again in combating. Throughout the last year or so, both boxing and MMA have seen somewhat of a rebirth in the heavyweight divisions with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic rising through the ranks as the best on the planet. And with top winners brings a few of the greatest opponents, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic is going to be the first to reply a truly tough test.
The existing UFC heavyweight champion is set to carry on perhaps the scariest puncher at MMA when he squares off from Francis Ngannou at the primary event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won all five of his fights since joining the company and all coming through KO/TKO with none getting beyond the second round. His brutal knockout of high contender Alistair Overeem in UFC 218 might happen to be the most vicious knockout of the year.
However, Miocic remains his calm and collected self ahead of his newest challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) is also on a five-fight knockout streak and stays just one win short of being the longest reigning heavyweight champion in company history.
“I’m so utilized to it now,” Miocic said throughout his open workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog because I shut up everyone. That is what this sport’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking ‘and still.’ No one (else) will be winner until I leave.
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