Ngannou Commits To Boxing, Casting Doubt Over MMA Return

Francis Ngannou still intends to box despite his second-round knockout loss to Anthony Joshua.

Ngannou suffered his second boxing loss, first by KO, hitting the canvas three times before it was waved off. The Predator could not follow up on the Tyson Fury performance, which earned him much praise. Ngannou lasted the distance with Fury, dropping him in the third round, and lost a controversial split decision.

The loss to Joshua means he is no longer in the top-ten WBC rankings. That may damage his claims for securing the biggest fights moving forward. But looking ahead, Ngannou is focused on boxing, which will delay his plans to return to MMA.

“What’s next for me? Maybe a third boxing match. I feel like boxing owes me something now. I have to regain what boxing took from me. I think my ego will not let me step back and let this go like this without doing everything to reinstall and prove to the world that I am the man of this job.

“I can do it, you know. I slipped, but I didn’t fall. I stumbled, but I didn’t fall. I think if I go back, train, learn from it and use it as an advantage and experience for my personal growth, for my professional growth, I think it will not be a loss. I will be able to reverse it and make it a victory – a life victory, not only a sports victory,” Ngannou said

Ngannou must decide soon. He is expected to make his PFL debut and face Renan Ferreira, who defeated Ryan Bader at the PFL vs. Bellator show last month. But the biggest MMA fight is against Jon Jones. However, Dana White’s refusal to work with Ngannou and the PFL means it is off the table. A boxing fight against Deontay Wilder is more likely. The Bronze Bomber also lost his last fight, losing to Joseph Parker. While Ngannou may risk getting knocked out again, he had no regrets over the Joshua loss. 

“This is one thing that also helped me to be OK with it: as far as a training camp, I had my best training camp. I was in my best condition. The best. Even if we had to start this again, I really don’t see a thing that I should have done different. We did a good training camp in Riyadh and everything was good, except that fight day where things were very odd. I do not have any regrets,” Ngannou stated

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