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Joe Joyce wants to fight Francis Ngannou in a boxing match


Via Barry Holbrook: Unbeatable heavyweight Joe Joyce was impressed with his fencing session with UFC champion Francis Ngannou and he wants to take on him in a boxing match at some point.

Given the already advanced age of 36-year-old Ngannou and 37-year-old Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs), they’ll need to fight soon as it won’t be worth it if they’re in their condition. 40 years old and too old to attract fans.

2016 Olympic silver medalist Joyce is still waiting for a world title despite being fast-tracked after turning pro in 2017. Even though Joyce is ranked #1 with the WBO, he could be. won’t win a title next year and will likely need to wait until 2024 before he cracks his belt.

At the time, Joyce was 39 years old and probably too old to win the title against anyone else holding the WBO belt.

“It was a good experience to play against him. He’s a freak of nature. He has incredible strength,” Joyce told Give me sports about Francis Ngannou. “Most of the time, I try to get away from those hard hits to avoid losing my head.”

It will be difficult for Ngannou to switch to boxing at his age. In the early rounds, Ngannou will be very dangerous for anyone, but he will likely quickly run out of gas and have trouble shooting in the head.

With the easy money Ngannou is making in the UFC against fighters with poor boxing skills, he won’t want to switch to boxing and start from the bottom, making small bucks against the boxers. club. It would be too serious if Ngannoou wanted to switch to boxing if his salary was cut.

Where Ngannou can make money is if he goes up against one of the champions like Tyson Fury in a boxing match. Fans will want to see it, as it will be an oddity similar to the exhibition fights between Floyd Mayweather Jr and YouTubers.

“Even so, I would love to fight him, but let’s simplify it with boxing. UFC is too much, man. Give credit to all of those guys because they have to work really hard in all these different areas,” Joyce continued on her desire to take on Ngannou.

“They have to be very comprehensive in kicking, hitting, wrestling, submission and all that, so you have to practice a lot to get there,” Joyce said.

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