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Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn believes Francis Ngannou must strike whereas the iron is sizzling on the heels of his high-profile encounter with Tyson Fury.
Hearn mentioned Monday on The MMA Hour that Ngannou ought to line up a rematch with Fury or problem one other prime heavyweight comparable to Anthony Joshua, which might be an “completely huge” occasion:
Eddie Hearn on a possible Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou combat:
“It is one of many largest fights within the historical past of the game. And I promise you this, Simple Work for my man, Anthony Joshua.”@EddieHearn / @francis_ngannou / @arielhelwani / #TheMMAHour pic.twitter.com/82FPJhpM0T
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For his half, Ngannou mentioned he has had contact with Deontay Wilder a few combat beneath MMA guidelines:
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Francis Ngannou says Deontay Wilder has “been coaching MMA” and that combat has been mentioned 👀 #TheMMAHour
Given the large gulf in boxing expertise between he and Fury, many followers wrote Ngannou off heading into final Saturday’s conflict. As a substitute, he was a recreation challenger and despatched Fury to the canvas within the third spherical.
Per CompuBox, the PFL star related with 59 whole punches to 71 for Fury and had a slight 37-32 edge in energy punches.
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi famous Ngannou obtained round $10 million from the crossover spectacle, and it stands to motive his paycheck could be even greater now that he has confirmed himself in a boxing ring to a point.
The PFL shall be relying on the 37-year-old to make his debut for the promotion in some unspecified time in the future, but it surely’s not immediately clear how quickly that shall be.
Purely when it comes to funds, preventing Joshua, Fury or Wilder is much and away his finest transfer. Raimondi wrote how Ngannou’s earnings towards Fury have been “exponentially greater than he made in his UFC fights.”
Turning down the chance shall be a tricky ask if a proper supply is made.