Nigerian-British heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua, may potentially square off against fighter Francis Ngannou on December 23, pending the completion of all necessary paperwork.
The Cameroonian-French professional mixed martial artist recently transitioned to professional boxing, making his debut against Tyson Fury last Sunday, albeit losing through a split decision by the judges. The ‘Gypsy King’ narrowly escaped what could have been one of the most significant upsets in history, securing a somewhat unconvincing split decision victory over the 37-year-old former UFC heavyweight champion.
Ngannou’s third-round knockdown of the lackluster Fury sent shockwaves across the globe. Boxing promoter Hearn confirmed to BBC that he had been in contact with Ngannou’s representatives, stating, “Suddenly, a bout between these two giants, both chiseled from stone, becomes a colossal event. We are certainly open to considering it.”
Despite the judges’ split decision, Ngannou has garnered significant attention in the heavyweight division following his bout with Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia last weekend.
Anthony Joshua is currently in the process of rebuilding his career after suffering consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and 2022, which led to him relinquishing his titles. He returned with a unanimous points victory over American Jermaine Franklyn in April, followed by a seventh-round knockout of Robert Helenius in August.
When asked about the possibility of Joshua facing Ngannou, Hearn mentioned, “We’d accept that fight on December 23 without any issues.” He also indicated that Joshua is already seeking another bout before the year’s end. He expressed an interest in additional promotional time to make the fight a marquee event, but he is open to the idea.