Eddie Hearn voices concern over Francis Ngannou’s confidence headed into Anthony Joshua bout: “He should be petrified”

By Harry Kettle - March 8, 2024

Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has voiced his concern over Francis Ngannou’s confidence levels heading into the Anthony Joshua fight.

Francis Ngannou

Tonight, Francis Ngannou and Anthony Joshua will collide in a blockbuster boxing showdown in Saudi Arabia. While Joshua is the clear favorite, Ngannou’s remarkable performance against Tyson Fury has left many wondering whether or not he can pull off the upset here.

Either way, he’s already achieved far more than many expected of him in his post-UFC career.

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During a pre-fight interview, Eddie Hearn weighed in on the confidence that ‘The Predator’ is showing heading into this clash.

Hearn’s Ngannou worry

“Ngannou is huge,” Hearn told MMA Junkie following Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference. “I’m quite fascinated by the size of him. AJ’s a massive man, but Ngannou’s legs – everything. He’s got a lot of confidence going into this fight. He should be petrified. But he’s really not, and that’s worrying in itself. AJ’s better than him in itself. But he’s very strong, he’s very powerful and he punches very hard. And in this division, that can get you to victory.”

“It’s going to be interesting to see how he’s improved,” Hearn said. “AJ’s a different beast. Fury and AJ have got different attributes. AJ’s very fast, and punches very hard. And it’ll be interesting to see – and Fury said to me, ‘I hit Ngannou hard and he didn’t move.’ And I was like, ‘Ah.’ So we’ll see if he can stand up to the speed and power of AJ.

“The only way Ngannou can win is to land a shot on AJ at some point during the fight. There’s no way that Francis can win rounds against AJ repetitively. So he has to win this fight by knockout. And as the rounds go on and he gets tired, the power will start to diminish.”

Quotes via MMA Junkie

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