Despite the impact that Francis Ngannou has made on Boxing’s heavyweight division recently, PFL’s Peter Murray has no concerns about his commitment to MMA, and believes he has a bright future in both sports.
Last month, the former UFC heavyweight champion went ten rounds in the boxing ring versus WBC titleholder Tyson Fury. While Ngannou in the end would lose via split decision, he kept the fight very close, and even knocked Fury down in the third round with a powerful hook. Earlier this week, the WBC even decided to officially rank Ngannou as the tenth-best heavyweight in the world.
Even with all the success that the Fury match has resulted in for the two-sport superstar, the CEO of the PFL is looking forward at his MMA career, while still supporting Ngannou’s choice to pursue boxing simultaneously. Murray expressed that details regarding Ngannou’s first appearance in the Smart Cage will be announced in the coming weeks.
“He put on an incredible performance. We all know that, and he really won that fight. He won everybody’s hearts, proved everybody wrong, so now it’s on to the next chapter and next year, We launch our pay-per-view division. Francis will be a big part of that. He’ll return to the cage with the PFL. We’ll be announcing those details, I would say, in the coming weeks in terms of an opponent and timing. We’re working through that.”
“And Francis is gonna continue to box. We’ll see if there’s a rematch. I know there’s a number of big-time boxers who now saw that Francis is the best combat sports athlete on the planet and has all the skill in the world in boxing. It’s gonna be exciting to watch.”
Murray also touched on the plans to launch PFL Africa in 2025, which Ngannou will serve as chairman for.
“That’ll be a big part of his legacy in terms of paving the way for the next great athletes and fighters from the continent of Africa,” Murray said. “Francis is incredibly passionate about that.”