Ngannou Close To Boxing History: Two Fights From Undisputed Heavyweight Title

Francis Ngannou is two steps away from becoming boxing’s undisputed heavyweight champion.  

It has been a remarkable year for the former UFC Heavyweight Champion since he left the UFC last year. Ngannou turned down an $8 million offer, which would have earned him his highest-ever purse in the UFC. Ngannou cited several reasons, including the fact he would not be an independent contractor, thus reducing the control over his career. He signed with the PFL, which allowed him box.

He would headline the first event of Riyadh Season against Tyson Fury, losing via a split decision. His performance earned him much praise, mainly because he pushed Fury all the way, even dropping him in the third round. Ngannou then secured a top-ten WBC ranking and a fight against Anthony Joshua. They face off on March 8, 2024, with the winner in line to face the undisputed champion. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk fight for undisputed on February 17. Saudi Arabia’s Turki Alalshikh, the head of the General Entertainment Authority, confirmed as much. 

Eddie Hearn has different plans as he expects Joshua to come out victorious. The Brit was on course to become undisputed in 2018 when talks over a Deontay Wilder fight broke down. Both boxers would lose their belts, with Usyk beating Joshua and Fury dethroning Wilder. But Hearn has backed Joshua to reach the top.

“For Ngannou to fight for the undisputed championship in his third fight, it could be a rematch with Fury. He could become undisputed heavyweight champion. For AJ, we’ve dreamed about that for so many years. I told AJ before the face-to-face, ‘Two wins, and you’re going to be the undisputed champion,’ and I believe he’s going to do it,” Hearn said

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