Francis Ngannou is confident that his skill set and formidable punching power are more than sufficient to secure a knockout victory against Anthony Joshua.
Ngannou, entering only his second professional boxing bout, is set to square off against the former two-time world champion on March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The MMA veteran made his pro boxing debut in October of 2023, engaging in a non-title fight against WBC world champion Tyson Fury.
Ngannou’s performance was at a level which surprised experts and fans alike. He even dropped Fury in the third round and engaged in a highly competitive battle for the remainder of the contest, with Fury ultimately securing a close 10-round split decision win, much to the chagrin of Ngannou’s camp.
Joshua’s chin may struggle to survive Ngannou bout
However, ahead of his potential clash with Joshua, the former MMA champion believes he has enough power to put the Brit down for the count, with his chin notoriously not as strong as that of the Gypsy King.
“The day is set. It’s two months from now, and if any of them think they are going to have easy money, too bad for them,” he told MMA Fighting.
“If AJ takes the punch that Fury took, I don’t guarantee that he’s getting back up.
“I have heard that he doesn’t have a chin. I’m going to find out.”
Reflecting on Joshua’s active year in 2023, where he saw action three times and notably stopped top contender Otto Wallin in five rounds on December 23, Ngannou acknowledged the British star’s commendable performance. However, he maintained his belief that Joshua remains the same fighter who experienced three defeats in the ring.
“I think he’s still the same fighter,” Ngannou asserted.
“Being the same fighter doesn’t mean you can’t lose. He lost to Andy Ruiz. He lost to Oleksandr Usyk and he can still lose.
“By the way, I’m really intending to hand him a loss on March 8. You can still be who you are, but still lose. Nobody is undefeated.”