Francis Ngannou Confirms Next Fight Will Be Boxing Match: "My Next Step Has To Be Boxing"

Former UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou, confirmed his next fight will be in a boxing ring.

Ngannou recently spoke with ESPN's Brett Okamoto revealing his intentions to compete in the squared circle this year, and that he's already had discussions with both former unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, and former WBC champ, Deontay Wilder's teams about potential respective matchups.

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"My next step has to be boxing," Ngannou said. "I want to do one boxing match first, and then maybe go back to MMA because I still enjoy MMA. I want to do a couple of fights in boxing. We are working on some stuff and hopefully, in a month or two, I will be able to come out with an announcement on potential fight dates and locations. It's taking a little longer than I expected but it's coming along. Big things come with time. I'm considering everybody [as an opponent]. I talked to [promoter] Eddie Hearn about Anthony Joshua, I don't know what's going to happen. The most that we have spoken with is Deontay Wilder's team. We've been having some exchanges, basically coming to some sort of verbal agreement."

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