Thierry Henry was ‘scared’ after receiving playful warning from Francis Ngannou | Boxing | Sport

Thierry Henry was 'scared' after receiving playful warning from Francis Ngannou | Boxing | Sport

He’s going up against Anthony Joshua, a former two-time unified heavyweight world champion, in Saudi Arabia. In his first fight last October, Ngannou didn’t win even though he knocked down Tyson Fury. Now he’s getting set for another huge match and made an appearance on Sky Sports when Arsenal played Sheffield United on Bramall Lane on Monday. 

Thierry Henry was there too, talking about the game with fellow pundit Jamie Carragher and presenter Dave Jones. When Ngannou got to send a message to Henry, he had a bit of fun. 

He said: “Hey Titi, I hope you are doing well and I hope Anthony Joshua is not your friend. Because I’m going after him on Friday night. Salut, mon pote (Hi, buddy).”

Henry, currently in charge of France’s under-21 football team, was surprised by Ngannou’s comments during an interview. He confessed:”Hey, I was scared then. I mean they asked him a question about what he is going to do to Joshua and he says, ‘I’m going to take his soul’. Who says that? He’s a great guy though his story is outstanding. He has come a long way.”

Ngannou, known as ‘The Predator’, started life tough in Cameroon before becoming a fighting sports hero. He was working in sand mines at just 10 years old and moved to France dreaming of better things. His long journey to Europe took over a year and included crossing the harsh Sahara Desert and time spent in jail. Once he reached Paris, and while living in a car park, he began training at the MMA Factory with Fernand Lopez.

Entering the UFC scene after only seven MMA matches, Ngannou showed early promise by winning most of them. His victories included triumphs over famous fighting names such as Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez, and Junior Dos Santos, propelling him towards a world championship title. Within six years, he claimed the UFC heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic. Now aged 37, boxing is next on his hit list.

Ngannou’s showdown with Tyson Fury earned him well-deserved admiration. Recognised as one of his era’s greatest boxers, Fury was previously a WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion. Currently, he holds the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles.

‘The Gypsy King’ holds an undefeated record in his professional career, with 34 victories and a single draw with Deontay Wilder. He has conquered many top-notch heavyweight rivals such as Wilder, Derek Chisora, Dillian Whyte, Otto Wallin and Wladimir Klitschko. The fact that Ngannou floored Fury and only lost their fight via split decision says everything about his boxing prowess.

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