Ngannou: This Time There Won’t Be The Surprise Element, Joshua Will Be Very Prepared

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MMA veteran Francis Ngannou stands firm in his belief that he did enough last October to earn a decision win over WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury. 

Ngannou, who was making his professional debut in boxing, put in a very unexpected performance when he dropped Fury in the third round and then fought him on event terms over ten rounds.

Fury came away with a close ten round split decision win.

While Ngannou lost that fight, the victory allowed him to another major opportunity – a March 8th showdown with former two-time beltholder Anthony Joshua.

“I’ve been saying this from that night but I was robbed,” Ngannou told Daily Mail. “But I think I also brought a lot from that fight. The Top 10 and all that stuff, to be honest I’m skeptical towards getting involved in the boxing politics.

“I’m just here to figure out the good fights and to get them. What happens a lot is boxing politics control some fights and stop great fights from happening, because everyone is concerned about the rankings or positions.  They need to win, be at like 20-0, even if it means they haven’t fought anybody. That’s certainly something I don’t really care about.

“In combat sports it’s always risky to take a fight. There’s a risk you can lose – of course you want to win. When you want to be world champion, you’re going to have to face the most ferocious fighters, elite fighters who have the same dream as you. To keep your dream alive you have to kill somebody.”

The 37-year-old former UFC champion is gearing up for his big fight against Joshua.

Last month, Joshua demolished top contender Otto Wallin in five rounds.

Unlike the fight with Fury, Ngannou realizes that he won’t be able to spring a stylistic surprise on Joshua.

“Obviously the most complex now is AJ because I haven’t fought him. I watched the fight and he looked good. He was showing all the right signs even though Wallin wasn’t threatening anything at all. AJ did his job and did great,” Ngannou said.

“Right after the fight I started to think about what could be next. I realized next time there won’t be the surprise element. Now I’m exposed and everyone will be very prepared. Tyson didn’t know exactly what he was getting into. That will make my life more difficult. I don’t think the hardest puncher means anything. Anybody can knock anybody out in the heavyweight division. The most important thing is to find your spot and know your punch.”

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