Eddie Hearn reveals why Anthony Joshua accepted to fight Francis Ngannou

Eddie Hearn explains why AJ vs Francis Ngannou got confirmed.

by Aryan Lakhani
Eddie Hearn reveals why Anthony Joshua accepted to fight Francis Ngannou
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Anthony Joshua seems to have escaped the dungeon in which he was trapped; the two consecutive losses against Oleksandr Usyk had an adverse impact on his mindset and his ability to box. Two steps backwards and three steps forward can be summarized as Anthony Joshua’s recent fighting journey.

Eddie Hearn recently disclosed that Anthony Joshua was all set to fight Deontay Wilder on 8th March, but since Wilder failed to secure a win, that match immediately got called off, and that’s how Francis Ngannou was bought into the scenario.

Eddie Hearn explains why AJ vs Ngannou materialized

Recently on The MMA Hour, Eddie Hearn took the time to explain why matching up Anthony Joshua with Francis Ngannou is a good idea. “Honestly, previous to the Fury fight, it wasn’t a fight that [Joshua] was interested in,” Hearn said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.

“Obviously we just boxed a guy in Otto Wallin that really gave Fury a really tough time, cut him, think he had 48 stitches — the fight should’ve been stopped, Otto Wallin should’ve won that fight. But it is what it is, and AJ went out and it was a mismatch.

He demolished [Wallin]. And I believe we’re going to do the same here. So that performance over Tyson Fury, of course, that was really the point, the moment that made this fight credible”.

Eddie Hearn answers if he thinks it’s an easy fight for AJ

“Yes, I do.

I don’t want to disrespect Francis, particularly because of his performance [against Fury] again. I have no problem holding my hands up when something like that happens. I thought he wouldn’t win a round against Tyson Fury.

He impressed me in so many different ways. Footwork, mindset, power, speed. And I just don’t believe there’s many — or any — MMA guys that can transition to boxing. But that was an incredible [performance]”.

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