Eddie Hearn Expects Anthony Joshua To KO Francis Ngannou
Eddie Hearn has full confidence that Anthony Joshua will dominate and KO Francis Ngannou.
Joshua and Ngannou are set to box in March in Saudi Arabia in a highly-anticipated matchup. The fight is intriguing, despite Ngannou being 0-1 as a pro boxer, but that was against Tyson Fury and the former UFC champ dropped Fury and nearly won.
Despite Francis Ngannou having success against Tyson Fury, Eddie Hearn has full confidence Anthony Joshua will piece up the former UFC fighter and eventually get the KO win.
“Everyone’s going to play my previous clips [of me saying] that Francis Ngannou couldn’t win an English title before he fought Tyson Fury. I feel like he’s earned that shot — or certainly to continue at that level. And I fancy the fight. You’ve heard me say before, I really believe AJ knocks him out. But he’s a dangerous fight. I know that this guy’s a big, big lump that can really punch, and I think he has no fear, which makes him dangerous. But I just feel like AJ’s in a great place, and I expect him to pick him apart and knock him out,” Hearn told The MMA Hour.
“You can’t really say that he’s not a credible opponent. I’ve heard Carl Froch and others say, ‘Oh, this is just a cash grab.’ No, this is a dangerous fight. Like, AJ actually has a lot to lose here. Coming off the Wallin fight, he’s in a wonderful position to go and fight for the IBF world title, which we hope will happen after the Francis Ngannou fight. But it’s kind of like, there’s a lot of jeopardy in this fight. A lot of jeopardy. If you lose to Francis Ngannou — Francis Ngannou is 0-1, right? So it’s not a great look, losing to Francis Ngannou. So he’s going to do everything he can to avoid that.
“They’re taking this very seriously,” Hearn added. “In their mind, this is the toughest fight of their career. Francis Ngannou is a very dangerous man, and they’ll be training, absolutely, with every ounce in their soul to be victorious.”
If Anthony Joshua does get a KO win over Francis Ngannou it would be a statement, and perhaps would set him up to face the winner of Fury-Usyk.
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