Former UFC champion Francis Ngannou is allegedly interested in taking on former 2 time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in a boxing super fight, potentially this summer.
During a media huddle at the Serrano Vs Cruz weigh in, Joshua’s long time promoter and Matchroom Boxing kingpin Eddie Hearn was questioned on a variety of topics, ranging from Connor Benn’s next move to Dana White’s Slap League. And said that he had spoken to Ngannou and would love to work with him at some point.
When asked about a possible bout between the Former UFC star and Joshua, Hearn stated, “ultimately AJ’s ambition is to become world heavyweight champion again, that doesn’t involve Francis Ngannou but if there isn’t an opportunity to fight for the world heavyweight title we would be willing to explore that this summer, it’s a mega fight, obviously it’s a fight that would create huge attention worldwide but first things first for Anthony Joshua, April 1st 02 arena”.
The big punching Cameroonian Ngannou who is now 36 years old recently parted ways with UFC and relinquished his world heavyweight title after contract negotiations with UFC top brass fell apart.
With a professional MMA record of 17 wins and 3 losses Ngannou is currently on a 6 fight winning streak in MMA and holds victories over the likes of Curtis Blaydes, Former champ Cain Velasquez, another former champ Junior dos Santos, Stipe Miocic who holds the title of the longest reigning UFC heavyweight Champion ever and top contender Ciryl Gane.
Ngannou has been adamant for a long time now that boxing would be part of his future and even challenged Tyson Fury to a fight last year.
When asked about his future career plans In a 2022 interview with American media outlet TMZ Ngannou answered “This is gonna happen either way. Even if I stay. Even if, or when, the UFC and I finalise a deal, the boxing part has to be in it”.
Anthony Joshua is expected to return to the ring against Jermaine Franklin at the O2 arena in London, a venue he has not boxed in since his 7th round TKO victory over Dominic Breazeale in 2016.