Being big is applicable again in combating. Throughout the last year or so, both boxing and MMA have seen a bit of a rebirth from the heavyweight divisions with Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Stipe Miocic rising through the ranks as the best on the planet. And with top champions brings out some of the best opponents, and on Saturday night in Boston, Miocic will be the first to answer a really tough test.
The current UFC heavyweight champion is set to carry on perhaps the funniest puncher in MMA when he squares off against Francis Ngannou at the primary event at TD Garden. Ngannou (11-1, 7 KOs) has won five of his fights since joining the organization and all coming through KO/TKO with not one getting past the next round. His brutal knockout of top contender Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 could have been the most vicious knockout of the year.
However, Miocic stays his collected and calm ahead of his challenge. Miocic (17-2, 13 KOs) is also on a five-fight knockout streak and sits only one win short of becoming the longest reigning heavyweight champion in company history.
“I’m so utilized to it by now,” Miocic said throughout his open workout on Wednesday. “I love being the underdog because I shut up everyone. That’s exactly what this sport’s all about — it is like’The Jerry Springer Show’… I am walking out’and .’ No one (else) is going to be winner until I leave.
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