This is Badr's first fight in a year. He's taken time off to get his head together and now he looks to jump right back in the mix with a win over Gregory Tony. Badr wasn't the usual Badr at the press conference and weigh ins. He shook Tony's hand and smiled, showing an unusual display of respect to his opponent. However, the one thing that we know is that when Badr steps in that ring and stares across at Gregory Tony, all the smiles and handshakes will be thrown out the window.
Badr's opponent, Gregory Tony is someone who you might've gotten know a little more about over the past week. The Frenchman is also coming off a long layoff - in kickboxing. In kickboxing, he has a longer layoff than Badr. He has been keeping active in boxing but is that enough to make this competitive? Probably not. Although racking up a 15-2 record, most of his wins have been cans and he got absolutely smashed by Robert Helenius. You also wonder if he's still been training in kickboxing all this time.
I think it's right to assume that Badr Hari is just absolutely chomping at the bit to get back in the ring and hurt someone. Expect Badr to have a more cautious, technical start but once he gets settled in watch for him to blitz Tony with power punches. There's no way I can see Gregory Tony withstanding a Badr Hari onslaught. Tony doesn't seem to take to getting hit very well and there's no doubt that once Badr hits him he's gonna be in a world of hurt.
Tony's jab and right hand are decent but if he lands them I don't expect Badr to be phased. Badr will get settled in after the first minute and a half, find an opening and unleash a barrage of power shots on Tony until he goes down and doesn't get back up. Tony might get brutally knocked out in this one.