Francis Ngannou has advised Eddie Hearn to brace himself for a rough night after referring to him as “easy money” for Anthony Joshua.
To wrap up the Riyadh season, former UFC champion Ngannou takes on Joshua in a fight in Saudi Arabia on March 8. This is his second boxing debut. In his controversial decision to lose by a point against the lineal heavyweight champion, Ngannou stunned the crowd with a performance in October that left many in awe.
Soon after Ngannou’s back-and-forth bout with Fury, boxing fans began to speculate about how he would perform against fighters like Joshua and Deontay Wilder. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, has maintained that Ngannou has the talents necessary to equal Joshua’s fighting prowess in the ring.
“One of the biggest fights in the history of the sport pits Anthony Joshua against Francis Ngannou.” I swear to you, my man will have easy task, with all due respect to Francis. Hearn stated on The MMA Hour, “I know the MMA world is getting a little bit high right now, walking in the clouds, but we’ll bring it right back down to reality.”
Now that Hearn has been criticised, Ngannou has responded, saying, “Eddie is a promoter; that’s like a routine for me.” It’s like old times again—he kept saying the same thing, but about someone else instead of Francis Ngannou. That’s his manner of speaking and acting. The time has been set: two months from now. If any of them believe it will be simple money, then bad news for them.
As a newbie, I’m still learning. Nobody is still aware of my capabilities. Although AJ is a very strong fighter, it is simpler to take him down than it is to take him back up. I can’t assure you that AJ will get up if he absorbs the blow that Fury took. He’s said to not have a chin, so I’m going to investigate.”
After Joshua defeated Otto Wallin last month, it was expected that he would face Wilder; however, Wilder was defeated by Joseph Parker at the same event. Now that Ngannou has replaced Wilder, he will face Joshua, who has won three straight fights and is vying for the heavyweight world title if he defeats Ngannou.