Francis Ngannou should fight Anthony Joshua in boxing debut, says Eddie Hearn amid talks with ex-UFC star

“For me, we would love to be involved with his career. The Anthony Joshua fight is probably among the biggest fights that can be made in any sport. Obviously the Tyson Fury fight is there for him as well.

“I was pretty captivated by him. I’m not a massive MMA fan, but I still respect what he’s achieved there. But I just found him to be an outstanding gentleman.”

Ngannou went 12-2 during a seven-year stint in the UFC, winning 10 of those fights by knockout. Each of those stoppages came in the first or second round, with four having been achieved in the very first minute.

Elaborating on the prospect of a clash between “The Predator” and Joshua, whose boxing return is set to take place in the next few months, Hearn added: “I mean, I think he should fight Joshua.

Eddie Hearn (left) with former two-time heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua (Nick Potts/PA)

“These [MMA] guys have a mountain to climb in terms of the challenge of fighting an elite boxer, but to go through the process of having two or three fights… One fight you might look bad, because you’re learning, so the value really is the unknown.

“What happens when two titans from the world of fight sports collide? The UFC heavyweight world champion Ngannou and the two-time world heavyweight boxing champion Joshua, the complete unknown. [It’s] the unknown of: How good is Ngannou?

“We know he punches extremely hard; if he lands one on Joshua, is it the greatest upset of all time? Or will AJ completely steamroll him and you’ll see Ngannou get knocked out? That’s the attraction of that fight, the unknown.


“So, for me, if I’m representing Ngannou, I want to make sure that [in] this next move I maximize every dollar that’s out there.”

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