Anthony Joshua on fighting Francis Ngannou: “He’s a hard night’s work”

Anthony Joshua shares his thoughts on Francis Ngannou.

by Aryan Lakhani
Anthony Joshua on fighting Francis Ngannou: “He’s a hard night’s work”
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Anthony Joshua hasn’t made the mistake of underestimating his opponent; he recognizes how dangerous Francis Ngannou is and is ready to retaliate accordingly. Their heavyweight clash is scheduled to take place on 8th March in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

AJ is taking this fight as seriously as he can; he has entitled this fight as his ‘undisputed title fight’. It’s a crucial match for both fighters, but AJ has a lot more to lose than Francis Ngannou. A loss won’t mean much to Ngannou as he is going to make his PFL debut soon and can always shine in the world of MMA.

However, on the flipside, If AJ tastes a defeat, it will be marked as one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport.

Anthony Joshua on fighting Francis Ngannou

Recently on The MMA Hour, Anthony Joshua explained how seriously he’s taking the Ngannou fight and spoke a little about fighting Tyson Fury.

“Let me say this again, I’m not focusing on that,” Joshua said, as quoted by “I’m going to take my mind, I have to draw it back that Ngannou is my undisputed title fight. That’s the mentality I have to have.

Ngannou is my undisputed fight. Because you’re only as good as your last fight, and I respect him a lot. He ain’t easy money. He’s a hard night’s work. And you know what’s crazy? So am I. I’m a hard night’s work for anyone.

So let’s go, it’s going to be fireworks”.

Anthony Joshua on fighting Tyson Fury

“Me and Fury are completely different, I’m just going to do exactly what I need to do, and I’m just going to focus on myself.

The minute I start focusing on what Fury does, I’ve already lost the fight. I’ve already put myself at a disadvantage. If I just focus on what I’m good at and do what I do, I’m putting myself at an advantage.

So I’m avoiding any Fury relations or what he’s done and so on and so forth. But let me tell you this: Every opponent that me and Fury have in common, I’ve either stopped or knocked out”.

Anthony Joshua Francis Ngannou