The winner of Anthony Joshua’s battle with Francis Ngannou may problem the victor of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk’s undisputed heavyweight title conflict later this 12 months, in accordance with promoter Frank Warren.
Two-time heavyweight world champion Joshua on Monday had his bout with former UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou confirmed for March 8 in Saudi Arabia, three weeks after WBO, IBF, and WBA belt-holder Usyk takes on WBC titlist Fury in Riyadh.
Most had anticipated that the undisputed conflict could be adopted by a rematch, however at Monday’s Joshua-Ngannou press convention in London, it was prompt the winners of the 2 fights might be matched subsequent.
Turki Alalshikh of Saudi Arabia’s Common Leisure Authority, who has brokered a collection of high-profile fights in Riyadh, stated: “You will notice the results of this match will join about the results of the 17 February – that is our thought.”
Warren then added: “For the winner, the large battle’s occurring on February 17, with Tyson and Usyk.
“The winner of that – would we wish to see them with the winner of this battle? All people in boxing would like to see that.
“So all people has received one thing to purpose for. It is enormous a second of pleasure for boxing.”
Joshua: Being finest within the UK extra necessary than world titles
Having misplaced his titles to Usyk in 2021 earlier than falling to a rematch defeat nearly a 12 months later, Joshua has rebuilt with three successive victories.
The newest of which, a dominant stoppage victory over Otto Wallin in Saudi Arabia in December, reignited hopes the 34-year-old can develop into world champion for a 3rd time.
Nonetheless, in an obvious nod to his continued want for an all-British contest with Fury, Joshua prompt turning into world champion once more will not be his largest motivation.
“I am probably not too involved concerning the world, I am making an attempt to overcome the place I stay,” he stated. “I simply wish to conquer right here and make everybody know I am the one who places boxing on the map.”
As for the problem of Ngannou, Joshua believes the psychological facet of an “explosive” contest would be the key.
“He brings two arms, a physique, like each different fighter does. It is simply his thoughts that is totally different to everybody,” Joshua stated.
“He is seen folks like me, I’ve seen folks like him many occasions earlier than, but it surely’s simply his thoughts I’ve to overcome within the ring.
“You need to take somebody’s soul, it’s important to take their spirit and I am wanting ahead to the problem for certain.
“It’ll be good, it is going to be explosive.
“There are various methods to pores and skin a cat. I can counterpunch, he can counterpunch, we will each field, we will each commerce. It’ll be , good battle.”
Ngannou: I’ve heard AJ would not have a chin
Apart from his losses to Usyk, each of which went the space, the one different defeat of Joshua’s profession got here when he suffered a surprising knockout defeat to Andy Ruiz in 2019.
With Joshua having additionally been knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko of their 2017 epic, Ngannou reiterated doubts over the Brit’s capacity to deal with his energy.
The Cameroonian fighter was vastly spectacular on his skilled boxing debut when he knocked down Fury in a good defeat final 12 months, and is trying to repeat the trick towards Joshua.
“I will battle him, so what do you suppose I will do? I will search for his chin,” he stated.
“That is what occurs within the battle. Within the battle you attempt to hit any individual within the chin or wherever you’ll be able to hit them.
“After which, sure, I heard that he would not have a chin. I do not know if it is true or not.
“We will discover out. I hope I’ve the chance to check that out, that is my want.”