Francis Ngannou makes decision on boxing career with next fight signed | Boxing | Sport

Francis Ngannou makes decision on boxing career with next fight signed | Boxing | Sport

Francis Ngannou is not planning on wasting any time before returning to fighting in the wake of his defeat against former world champion heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua. The former MMA star is purported to be mooting a return to his old discipline having signed with the Professional Fighters League (PFL).

The man known to fans as ‘The Predator’ was tipped to potentially cause an upset in his second outing in the boxing ring in a non-title bout with Joshua earlier this month. Arriving in Riyadh with his stock having never been higher following a promising showing versus Tyson Fury last October, the Cameroonian eventually failed to live up to his billing.

Dominated by his Watford-born adversary, Joshua landed a vicious knockout blow in the second round of proceedings in Saudi Arabia. In truth, the defeat had been coming for Ngannou, who was left sprawling on the canvas after a couple of minutes following another jab in the previous round.

After rallying in that instance, he also took a couple of heavy punches from Joshua before his opponent finished the job – rendering Ngannou nearly unconscious with in a memorable knockout. Now, according to TalkSport, Ngannou could turn his attentions back to MMA for his next fight – with a PFL bout with Renan Ferreira on the cards.

Returning to the sport where he first made his name, it remains to be seen whether he will return to boxing. Reflecting on the knockout in his last fight during an address on Instagram Live, the defeated fighter admitted he had not felt at his best in the immediate build-up to the bout but vowed to not give up on matters in the ring.

“I remember being in the locker room trying to warm up but I was feeling asleep, I was sweating but I was feeling asleep,” he acknowledged. “No blame to anybody all the blame here is just about me it’s the game, walking into that (fight) we all knew it could happen, I wasn’t seeing it happen like that but I always knew it could happen.

“I just want to let you guys know that it’s not over yet, not at all, we’re just getting started. The only thing that we will miss here is time and I think we have a good amount of time ahead of us. As for right now, I’m going to take some time for myself spend some time with my family and friends, and then come back really and get ready for another challenge and adventure.”

“I told him that he shouldn’t leave boxing,” Joshua told DAZN straight after the bout as he implored the 37-year-old to not throw in the towel after a second defeat following his move into the boxing ring. He added: “He can go a long way if he stays dedicated but it’s up to him.”

Still, Joshua’s compatriot Carl Froch is less convinced of the Cameroonian’s credentials as a boxer following his opening couple of professional outings. Speaking on ‘The Verdict with Froch & Groves’, he confessed: “Look at Francis Ngannou’s record on BoxRec. Have a look at what he’s done. He’s had two fights as a professional, he’s lost to Tyson Fury and now he’s been badly knocked out by Anthony Joshua.

“I don’t think he should be in the professional ring again, he ain’t got time to build up, he’s nearly 40 years old. He ain’t got time to build up as a pro, he has made plenty of money. That was a bad knockout, it probably took a few years off his b***** life, because he got banjoed, he was out cold before he hit the floor.”

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