Fedor Emelianenko Expresses Interest In Boxing Francis Ngannou

Since retiring from MMA one year ago, former Pride FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko is on the hunt for an opponent to join him in the boxing ring.

Emelianenko won the Pride heavyweight title in 2003, and held it until the promotion’s eventual closure in 2007. Following his reign with Pride, “The Last Emperor” moved on to find success in the twilight of his career with Affliction, Strikeforce, and most recently Bellator.

Now, the former MMA powerhouse has interest in transitioning to boxing, as so many combat stars have as of late. Rumors surfaced late last year that Fedor was in Negotiations to fight Mike Tyson in Saudi Arabia, but it appears that fight will not occur. But, Fedor has his eyes set on another champion, Francis Ngannou.

“I can fight MMA guys too, I’d like to fight Francis Ngannou.” Fedor Emelianenko stated in a recent interview with Red Corner MMA, discussing his boxing ambitions. “I want to box him, I can’t do MMA anymore but I’d like to box him, I saw that fight [between Ngannou and Tyson Fury]. Yes I’d like to fight him.”

“Maybe it’s… Not overconfidence, but It’d be interesting to fight him. It’s not that [I’m fearless for wanting to fight him], if a fighter goes in the ring and his hamstrings are shaking, that’s not an established fighter. I’m a fighter still.”

“Yes, I still have my form.” Fedor Emelianenko concluded in the interview. “I still have the interest [in fighting].”

Given the high level of both Emelianenko and Ngannou within the heavyweight divisions of their coinciding MMA organizations, coupled with “The Predator’s” recent success in the ring versus boxing’s lineal heavyweight champion in Tyson Fury, the interest for this crossover matchup could be off the charts.

Last October, Ngannou went the 10-round distance with Tyson Fury. While the razor-thin split decision went to “The Gypsy King”, Ngannou was able to drop the champion to the canvas in the third round, and keep the entire bout shocking competitive for his first professional boxing match.

Coming up next month, Ngannou is set to have his follow-up match versus another world championship boxer when he takes on Anthony Joshua in Riyadh.

Emelianenko retired from MMA following his most recent knockout loss to Ryan Bader at Bellator 290. Prior to his last bout, he defeated Tim Johnson in the first round of their matchup in 2021 with a nasty right hook, resembling a fairly classic version of the Pride FC Legend.

At this point in his career, Emelianenko seems to be most interest in fighting big names to put a final stamp on his combat sports career, and who could blame him?

The biggest question in everyone’s mind is if Ngannou would be willing to temporarily walk away from fighting active heavyweight boxing champions to step into the ring with an MMA legend.

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