At 33, Francis Ngannou is considered one of the strongest athletes in all of combat sports. Joining MMA in 2013, Ngannou (14-3) has ten wins via knockout. That power and precision comes from his interest in boxing, something he is looking to get back into.
Ngannou wanted to try and be a boxer at 22, but was sidetracked by personal issues and tried again at 26. This time, his path led him to MMA. Now, he wants to try and achieve his dream one more time.
“I want to crossover,” Ngannou told BJPenn.com. “I want to make a statement in the boxing world because that was my first love, that was my first dream. Before MMA came around, I was all about boxing. At some point in my life I have to do whatever I like, whatever I love to do, to check all those boxes in my life timeline to do things.”
When it comes to overall power, Ngannou is one of a kind. Fans will never forget him knocking out Alistair Overeem in the first round at uFC 218. He ended up brutally knocking out Can Velasquez and Junior dos Santos in just a few months from one another. Ngannou was originally set to face Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC Columbus. The fight was moved to UFC 249 in the wake of the coronavirus cancelling the initial event, but UFC 249 was ultimately postponed.
With it being unknown when MMA could come back into the world, Ngannou could focus on boxing again. He has shown interest in facing the best the sport has to offer when it comes to heavyweights. That includes Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Even with a lack of time in the ring, “The Predator” is confident in his abilities.
“Honestly I think, obviously with good preparation I can matchup with any of those guys,” Ngannou went on to say. “But once again, I’m not just going there for one shot, so I’m probably going to have multiple fights that will give me more opportunity to matchup with many of those guys, if it’s not all of them. I’m really willing to do that.”
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