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Francis Ngannou has ‘no regrets’ about Anthony Joshua combat: ‘I actually don’t see a factor that I ought to have executed completely different’

Francis Ngannou has no regrets about his fight with Anthony Joshua. Earlier this month, Ngannou made his sophomore outing in professional boxing, taking on Anthony Joshua in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was a disaster – he was brutally knocked out in the second round after getting dropped twice. In the aftermath, some suggested the outcome

Francis Ngannou has ‘no regrets’ about Anthony Joshua combat: ‘I actually don’t see a factor that I ought to have executed completely different’

Francis Ngannou has no regrets about his combat with Anthony Joshua.

Earlier this month, Ngannou made his sophomore outing in skilled boxing, taking up Anthony Joshua in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was a catastrophe – he was brutally knocked out within the second spherical after getting dropped twice.

Within the aftermath, some advised the result ought to have occurred when Ngannou confronted Tyson Fury in 2023 (when he practically pulled off some of the unbelievable upsets in boxing historical past).

For his half, Ngannou chalks it up to an uncharacteristically off night, however wanting again, he’s OK with the whole lot, as a result of he is aware of he did the whole lot doable to set himself up for fulfillment.

“That is one factor that additionally helped me to be OK with it: so far as a coaching camp, I had my finest coaching camp,” Ngannou mentioned. “I used to be in my finest situation. The perfect. Even when we needed to begin this once more, I actually don’t see a factor that I ought to have executed completely different. We did an excellent coaching camp in Riyadh and the whole lot was good, besides that combat day the place issues had been very odd.”

Whereas Ngannou could not be capable of pin down precisely what occurred, others have been greater than prepared to supply ideas. Some advised it was proof Ngannou’s success in opposition to Tyson Fury was right down to Fury overlooking him and never Ngannou’s personal capability.

Alongside these strains, Ngannou critics pointed to his determination to shift to southpaw within the first spherical, which finally led to the primary knockdown, as an indication that “The Predator” was just too inexperienced within the face of an elite boxer. However Ngannou disagrees.

“I wouldn’t have any regrets,” he mentioned. “Now that I misplaced the combat, we are able to say something that I’ve executed flawed. We labored on the whole lot, and the whole lot was OK. This was all my [choice]. Even in southpaw, my protection is extra sharp than orthodox. Within the southpaw, to take successful from the best again hand, that is one thing that in sparring by no means occurred, and I’ve been there so many instances practising.

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“So I actually don’t have any regrets, as a result of that was our coaching and we improved the whole lot. I actually don’t have any regrets. We labored towards that, we made that call, and we stand by it. … With the identical southpaw, I believe we principally received the combat in opposition to Tyson.”

Nonetheless, the loss modified views, and not just for Ngannou’s critics. Following the knockout, even some MMA luminaries suggested Ngannou could lose to Joshua in an MMA fight, whereas others merely wished him to depart boxing.

For Ngannou, none of that issues. He’s going to proceed to pursue his passions and stays unconcerned with the opinion of others.

“It doesn’t hassle me,” he mentioned. “I believe I get to the purpose the place, we’ve got been right here so many instances speaking about drama, what folks suppose, what folks say, that I believe I’m on the level the place I don’t actually let what folks say have an effect on me. I don’t thoughts that a lot what folks say, as a result of they are going to at all times have one thing to say. However I additionally suppose this was precisely what was anticipated. I believe if I used to be handled flawed, the whole lot that occurred was simply to revive this, as a result of regardless, I form of disrespected the system somewhat bit.”

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