It appears an Anthony Joshua fight is not on the mind of just his competitors in the boxing world with fighters in MMA also interested.
The whole boxing vs MMA debate was settled a long time ago it would have seemed, in terms of if athletes from either sport trying to hop into the other at the highest level the result doesn’t bode well for them.
Just ask James Toney or Conor McGregor, who came up short to Randy Couture and Floyd Mayweather in their MMA and boxing contests respectively.
Cameroon’s Francis Ngannou has built up a ferocious reputation for his knockout fists in the UFC, with the fighter now on the verge of a title shot in the organisation.
Granted, Ngannou might be an excellent boxer and stand up fighter within the sport of MMA, but to cross over to top level boxing in the heavyweight division surely would not end well for him.
Not the case according to his trainer however. Speaking to MMA Junkie, his head coach said:
“Everyone was so enthralled about the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather fight. I’d like to see Francis about one year from now fight whoever the heavyweight champion is, whether it be Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. That would be a real fight, where an MMA fighter could go in there and upset a current boxing champion.”
Boxing and MMA whether they like it or not continue to get linked with one another, despite them being two completely different sports.