Dan Hardy believes Francis Ngannou will be a tough threat for Anthony Joshua

Dan Hardy confident in Francis Ngannou's skills and abilites.

by Aryan Lakhani
Dan Hardy believes Francis Ngannou will be a tough threat for Anthony Joshua
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Francis Ngannou’s boxing debut shocked the entire world, as the majority expected the least from him. After seeing Ngannou outplay the heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, people have become more confident in Ngannou’s boxing skills, and interestingly, he is also being labelled as the favourite to win against other heavyweight boxers like Anthony Joshua.

Dan Hardy believes Francis Ngannou should have a boxing match with Anthony Joshua. Hardy thinks Ngannou has what it takes to cause an upset and claim a win against AJ.

Dan Hardy on Francis Ngannou’s future matches

Recently on The MMA Hour, Dan Hardy shared his thoughts on Francis Ngannou and his potential opponents.

“Tyson Fury stylistically is probably the most difficult for Ngannou to deal with,” Hardy said, as quoted by mmafighting.com. “He’s tall, he’s got great upper body movement, great defense. Then you look at somebody like Anthony Joshua or a Joe Joyce, they’re a little more upright, they don’t necessarily take a punch quite as well.

They definitely don’t regroup as well as Tyson Fury does. I feel like he’s taken on the stiffest test and proved himself. So the door is definitely wide open for him in boxing and say you put somebody like a Deontay Wilder in there.

You’ve got two of the most thunderous punchers on the planet. But again, stylistically for Ngannou, there are holes in Deontay Wilder’s game that can be exploited when he’s punching. Honestly, I think all the doors are open for him.

Dan Hardy on Ngannou vs Joshua

We could be looking at someone that can hold the WBC and the PFL title at the same time.I think honestly Anthony Joshua’s probably one of the better matchups for Ngannou out of all the heavyweights.

For me, Anthony Joshua, that’s a much, much better matchup for Ngannou. I could see Ngannou putting him away".

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