Today, the ‘Battle of the Baddest’ aka the ‘Rumble in Riyadh’ will go down in Saudi Arabia. Tyson Fury will face off against Francis Ngannou in the main event in a bout that will see two lineal heavyweight champs throw violent leather. But there are other fights on the card and the one between Joseph Parker and Simon Kean looks like it could see some fireworks.
Parker was undefeated from the beginning of his professional career until he faced Anthony Joshua in 2018. A WBO title-holder at the time, Joseph was hoping to unify the WBA, IBF, and IBO belts, but he lost via decision. He’d face Dillian White next and would log his second pro loss.
He rebounded with six, straight wins, then ran into Joe Joyce last year. Joyce would knock him out in the eleventh round. Parker quickly racked up two wins which brings us to today’s bout with Canadian heavyweight Simon Kean.
Simon Kean has been competing in boxing at the highest level for some time now. He participated in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games Qualification Tournament and was a semi-finalist there. He would go from that to the Pan-Am Games in Toronto but would come up short there, as well.
In late 2015 Kean went pro and racked up 15 wins before running into Dillon Carman, who knocked him out in the fourth round. Since then, he’s won eight, straight bouts bringing us to today’s contest with New Zealand’s Joseph Parker. Let’s take a look at their facts and figures:
- Former WBO heavyweight champion (2016-2018)
- Record: 32-3
- Last fought: 5/24/2023
- Last opponent: Faiga Opelu (Parker won via TKO)
- Age: 31
- 2012 Olympic Qualification tournament semi-finalist
- Record: 23-1
- Last fought: 5/23/2023
- Last opponent: Eric Molina (Kean won via TKO)
- Age: 34
Joseph Parker vs. Simon Kean live play-by-play
Kean with a quick double left jab. Parker with a nice left. Parker with a left jab that’s partially blocked. Kean with a nice left that splits Parker’s guard. Parker with a left up top and one to the middle. Nice left for Parker up topo.
Kean’s right finds its mark. Parker with a nice 2-punch combo. Kean with another right. Another right for Kean lands. Parker with a left. Kean lands a short left and they tie up briefly. Kean lands a nice left hook just before the bell sounds.
Kean with a double left jab. Parker lands a left of his own. Kean lands a left as Parker lands one of his own to the solar plexus. Parker with a hard left that snaps Kean’s head back. And another. Kean with a beautiful straight right.
Kean misses up top with a combo. Parker with a double jab up top and one to the midsection. Parker with a nice combo. Parker with a left that splits Kean’s guard. Kean with a left that falls just short. Parker with a right to the midsection. They tie up but ref separates. Bell sounds.
Parker extends the left jab. Another left jab finds its mark for Parker. Kean goes up top then to the middle. Parker with a sharp left. They tie up. Double left jab by Parker. Kean with a left jab. Nice uppercut stuns Kean. They begin to flurry but another uppercut from Parker puts Kean down, who doesn’t make the count.
Joseph Parker def. Simon Kean by KO at 2:04 of the 3rd round; heavyweight
Fury vs. Ngannou Quick Results
- – Tyson Fury (33-0-1) 🏴 vs. Francis Ngannou (0-0) 🇨🇲; heavyweight
- – Fabio Wardley (16-0) 🏴 vs. David Adeleye (12-0) 🏴; heavyweight
- – Joseph Parker def. Simon Kean by KO at 2:04 of the 3rd round; heavyweight
- – Arslanbek Makhmudov (17-0) 🇷🇺 vs. Anthony Wright (20-4-1) 🇺🇸; heavyweight
- – Moses Itauma def. Istvan Bernath via TKO at 1:53 of Round 1: Heavyweight
- – Martin Bakole def. Carlos Takam via TKO at 2:15 of Round 4: Heavyweight
Start date and time
Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou goes down on Saturday, October 28, live from the Boulevard Hall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The main portion of the card starts at 2 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. PT, with ring walks for Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou expected around 5:15 p.m. ET | 2:15 p.m. PT.
For US viewers, Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou airs exclusively on ESPN+, which has the pay-per-view event priced at $79.99. For other viewers, the event is on TNT Sports Box Office (UK and Ireland) and DAZN (Australia), respectively.
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