Francis Ngannou’s first fight of 2024 is booked, and it will take place in the boxing ring, not an MMA cage.
As MMA Fighting confirmed on Friday, Ngannou will face Anthony Joshua in a 10-round boxing match that is targeted for March, although the date is currently not finalized at this time. Following Ngannou making the decision to leave the UFC as heavyweight champion in early 2023, he went on to sign with the PFL before taking Tyson Fury to the limit in his pro boxing debut in October. Now, “The Predator” gets another massive opportunity to shake things up in boxing’s heavyweight division.
Following the news being announced, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Shaun Al-Shatti, and Eric Jackman react to the news, how it benefits both fighters, discuss what it means for Ngannou’s MMA future, early predictions, and more.