Anthony Joshua, Francis Ngannou next fight: Top options for former box...

Former UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou’s boxing dream seems over. Ngannou was thunderously visited Anthony Joshua last Friday in Saudi Arabia. It took less than 2 rounds for the previous unified heavyweight king to leave Ngannou out cold on the canvas.

In a fascinating minute in heavyweight history, the fight sent out both males in hugely various instructions. Joshua, a two-time previous combined heavyweight champ, has momentum in spades and looks like a clear option to fight for a world title — though that’s much easier stated than done. Meanwhile, Ngannou deals with an option in between taking less remarkable battles in the boxing ring or going back to the MMA cage where he’d turn into one of the sport’s most popular fighters while increasing to the top of the department.

To really comprehend what’s next for both Ngannou and Joshua, let’s have a look at all the scenarios surrounding both them and their particular battles.

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Francis Ngannou

Unfortunately for Ngannou, the fight with Joshua was a ruthless truth check. In Fury, he battled a guy who appeared to appear out of shape and did not take the previous UFC champ as a severe hazard. There was likewise the stylistic element, with Fury having actually made his bones by utilizing his weight, rather actually, by leaning on fighters in the clinch and tiring them out. In Ngannou, he faced a guy more versed in the clinch based upon his MMA profession than any fighter.

Joshua is a pure fighter. An embellished amateur and world champ who counts on pure boxing and who had actually currently seen what occurs when you stop working to take Ngannou seriously in the boxing ring. Joshua typed in on Ngannou’s absence of experience, utilizing a jab, and feints with that jab, to get Ngannou to open to the right-hand man that knocked him down 3 times, the last time leading to a ruthless knockout.

Is there any interest in Joshua combating somebody listed below the elite level of the department? Joseph Parker has actually mostly reduced the effects of Deontay Wilder and Zhilei Zhang, 2 heavy-hitting real fighters. Zhang has cardio problems and isn’t constantly a high-output fighter, however he has lots of power and an iron chin. There might be juice in a fight in between Ngannou and Wilder, however Wilder hardly tossed any punches against Parker and didn’t look especially inspired to be in the ring. Wilder is likewise among the pound-for-pound hardest punchers in boxing history.

All of this is to state: It’s time for Francis Ngannou to return to blended martial arts.

Ngannou is under agreement with PFL and has yet to fight in their cage. At February’s PFL vs. Bellator occasion, Renan Ferreira knocked out Ryan Bader and it was stated the winner would remain in line to fight Ngannou. Had Ngannou beat Joshua, that might not have actually remained in the cards. Now, Ngannou requires something to get some momentum back and a return to the sport where he must still be acknowledged as the world’s finest heavyweight definitely fits the costs.

Anthony Joshua

After losing back-to-back battles to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua was at a frightening point in his profession. A fight with Fury has actually constantly been leading of the list for Joshua. It would be a huge fight for the sport and even larger in the U.K. But whenever talk has actually started for that fight, it has actually stalled out. The losses to Usyk got rid of all of Joshua’s momentum, not to point out that it established Fury vs. Usyk for an indisputable champion bout.

Joshua did the ideal thing, returning in the ring and very first beating Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius in rather uninspiring efficiencies before looking great against Otto Wallin and Ngannou. In all sincerity, Joshua is still most likely the No. 3 heavyweight fighter in the world however his next action is rather dirty.

Much of what’s next for Joshua most likely boils down to what occurs in May when Fury deals with Usyk. The 2 have a rematch stipulation in the agreement. If the loser of the bout does pick to trigger that stipulation, the IBF has actually currently stated they will remove the winner for not combating obligatory opposition Filip Hrgovic, without any exceptions to be provided.

Should that take place, it is possible that Joshua would fight Hrgovic for the uninhabited IBF title. It would be a possibility for Joshua to gain back among the titles he has actually two times held and end up being a world champ for a 3rd time.

If Usyk and Fury do not rematch, the winner might pick to take the obligatory defense against Hrgovic to maintain their status as indisputable champ. Or, they might pick to opt for a more profitable fight, most likely against Joshua, while dropping the IBF belt.

There’s likewise the possibility that, must Fury win, he will follow through on previous declarations that he will leave every title other than the WBC champion, resulting in something of a free-for-all in the heavyweight department where males like Parker, Joshua, Hrgovic and others would all have genuine claims at world title battles.

Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn stated that Turki Alalshikh ensured the winner of his fight with Ngannou a chance at the winner of Fury vs. Usyk. But Joshua currently has 2 losses to Usyk and among Fury’s preferred pastimes is trolling Joshua. So absolutely nothing is really ensured for Joshua and practically whatever boils down to what occurs in between Usyk and Fury in May, and in the following months.


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