Francis Ngannou and Anthony Joshua are set to fight in a boxing match on March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is only the second official boxing fight of the MMA star, but he’s confident that he can take down the opponent easier than Tyson Fury, whom he first fought.

Ngannou was originally planning to fight Deontay Wilder. However, the latter recently experienced a terrible loss to Joseph Parker, leading the MMA star’s team to reconsider his next boxing plans. Thankfully, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said that the fighter was one of the major options being considered for Joshua, who recently made a victory over Otto Wallin. Later, it was confirmed that the two would be facing each other in a boxing match in Saudi Arabia.

Ngannou feels confident in taking the fight, especially after making a remarkable performance against Fury. Despite losing in the fight, “The Predator” managed to drop the opponent and impressed the boxing community with his entire performance. Now, he thinks he can fight Joshua better, which he sees as an easier fight than Fury.

“He looked amazing. Respect to him, congratulations to him,” Ngannou said on The MMA Hour. “He was doing his job properly, his speed there, everything. He was sharp, very sharp. But on the other hand, I think there wasn’t a response in front of him. I think I will have a better response in front of him that will put him not in such a comfortable position. Things will change. It’s going to be different. I will not just stay there and look at him. It’s going to be different. I’m going to throw some bombs out there for him to deal with. I think he’s going to be mindful of what he’s doing.

“… If AJ takes the punch that Fury took, I don’t guarantee that he’s standing up. I’ve heard that he doesn’t have a chin. I’m going to find out.”

Ngannou’s view of Joshua is not new. Weeks ago, prior to the confirmation of the fight, Joshua promised to knock out Ngannou. However, the PFL talent expressed doubt about it, saying “Even Tyson Fury said the same thing and Tyson Fury is better than Anthony Joshua.” In line with this, Ngannou believes he will be the one who will deliver the KO win.

“I think most likely (I’m) knocking Anthony Joshua out,” Ngannou said. “I think that he’s easier to go down than Fury. I mean, not that he’s not a strong fighter. He’s a very tough fighter, but he’s easier to send down than Fury, and it’s harder for him to get back up than Fury.”

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