Mbilli vs Heffron Predictions: Christian gets it done quick

 | Friday 24th May 2024, 10:07am

Friday 24th May 2024, 10:07am

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Unbeaten Christian Mbilli takes on Mark Heffron this Saturday, May 25. The fight emanates from the Centre Gervais Auto in Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada. As of yet, there is no UK broadcaster for the bout, with ESPN+ the US carrier.

Here are my Mbilli vs Heffron predictions for this 10-round super middleweight attraction.

Mbilli vs Heffron Tips

  • Mbilli by knockout @ 1/10
  • Mbilli in the first round @ 4/1

It was recently revealed by Mike Coppinger of ESPN that Mbilli will face Sergiy Derevyanchenko this summer. The Ukrainian is renowned as one of the toughest challengers around, having given the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Jaime Munguia some incredible wars. This is a massive step-up for Mbilli, a chance to prove his mettle against one of the most exciting fighters in the division.

But before that, he takes on Heffron in Quebec this weekend. Fighters having another date in the diary can often be problematic. It is a situation ripe for a loss of focus. For example, Zab Judah had already signed on to fight Floyd Mayweather when he lost his WBC and The Ring welterweight titles to unknown Carlos Baldomir in 2006. A lingering fight can often see a fighter take their eye off the ball.

That is one thing you cannot accuse Mbilli of doing across his career. Since turning pro after competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics, he has compiled a flawless 26-0 record with 22 knockouts. The Cameroon-born Frenchman has built a reputation for action, with his swarming, attack-minded style winning plenty of fans.

Atypical of many top level amateurs, Mbilli favours ferocity over technicality. Some fighters crossover from the unpaid game needing to adapt to the pros. But Mbilli’s style has always leaned more towards aggression anyway, making him an ideal candidate. His all-action style sees him zero in on his opponent and not stop swinging punches until the day is done.

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Truman Capote once said that the only unpardonable sin is deliberate cruelty. In that case, Mbilli can skip confession, because he comes into the ring with only one thing in mind. The destruction of all those that stand before him. 

Standing before the unbeaten Frenchman this time is Mark Heffron. ‘Kid Dynamite’ has been a reliable performer on domestic cards for many years. But Heffron does tend to lose when he steps up in class. Liam Williams, Denzel Bentley and Jack Cullen have all beaten him. Not a bad roll call of conquerors, but it does highlight how stark Heffron’s chances are here.

The 32-year-old from Oldham will have to pull out something we’ve never seen from him in order to win. You’d back this version of Mbilli to come through against the three men to have beaten Heffron. Styles might make fights, but I don’t believe ‘Kid Dynamite’ has a style Mbilli can’t cope with.

No, sadly for the Heffron, I can see him getting caught in the Mbilli maelstrom. Even with the potential distraction of Derevyanchenko on the horizon, I can’t see past the favourite here. Mbilli is a lethal puncher and Heffron ultimately comes unglued when mixing close to world level.

All three of Heffron’s losses have come by knockout. They have been getting more recent too. Williams did it in 10, Bentley in four and Cullen in three. Mbilli has only scored a first round knockout once in his career. But he will want to get this over and done with considering Derevyanchenko is on the horizon. I’m going to be bold and back Mbilli at 4/1 for a first round stoppage here. Bombs away.

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