Francis Ngannou has stated that a possible rematch with Tyson Fury needs to take place by this October.
After making his ring debut against Tyson Fury last year, former UFC champion Ngannou will take on Anthony Joshua in his second boxing match on March 8. Ngannou was told he had no chance against Fury, but after dropping the British fighter and losing by a single point in a contentious decision, he came very close to defeating the Brit.
In the event that Fury had lost, he would have been legally obligated to a rematch, but Ngannou is still optimistic about getting the better of his opponent. Although Fury and fellow heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk are now locked in a two-fight bout for the undisputed belts, Ngannou has stated that he hopes to face the British fighter again before October.
Whether or not Fury has the title, I’m fighting him once I win this bout. October of this year will mark our rematch, which was scheduled for within the next year. The term refers to a system that I no longer want to fall into; all I want is to be free to resist. Ngannou stated on The MMA Hour, “You have to make a compromise with an organisation; I don’t want that political stuff.”
A champion’s clause in Ngannou’s contract caused his departure from the company to be postponed, leading to his breakup with the UFC two years ago. Given that Ngannou stated, “I don’t want to owe anybody anything, but obviously is the title is on the line with no strings attached then I would grab it,” it is not surprise that he dislikes being involved in the political aspects of boxing. It works well as décor.”
Even though it was Ngannou’s first boxing match, the WBC placed him in the top 10 following his victory over Fury. Although the former UFC champion acknowledged that Joshua’s victory over Otto Wallin last month impressed him, he questioned whether Joshua could still take a hit at this point in his career.
“I believe he’s still got it, but it doesn’t mean he can’t be defeated. He was defeated by Usyk and Andy Ruiz. I mean, he can still lose. I cannot promise that Joshua will get up after taking Fury’s strike. We’re going to discover it, despite what I’ve heard about his not having a chin, Ngannou continued.