Froch Questions Joshua For Taking The Ngannou Fight
Joshua will face the former UFC Heavyweight Champion, who has garnered quite a reputation despite his short boxing career. Ngannou debuted against Fury and put on a performance that far exceeded the exceptions. He dropped the WBC Heavyweight Champion in the third round and made it to the final bell.
Despite losing via a split decision, he got a WBC top-ten ranking. That performance earned him the Joshua fight. A win for Joshua takes him one step closer to an undisputed fight, with Tyson Fury taking on Oleksandr Usyk on February 17, 2024. However, even with that, Froch felt that Joshua simply wanted to outperform Fury’s performance against Ngannou.
Froch On Joshua
“It’s bad for boxing because who wants to watch it? Because when Joshua wins, what’s he done? What’s he achieved? F*** all. It’s bad for boxing because who wants to watch it? Because when Joshua wins, what’s he done? What’s he achieved? F*** all. All he wants is bragging rights to say he did a better job than Fury, but no one cares.
“Joshua Ngannou is a pointless fight. It’s doing nothing for boxing, sure, it keeps him ticking over while he waits for the winner of Fury versus Usyk, but why not fight a real boxer; fight Zhilei Zhang, fight Joe Joyce, fight Daniel Dubois. There are fights available to Joshua against top contenders and real boxers. But instead he’s jumping in with Ngannou in a pointless exhibition,” Froch said
Alternatives For Joshua
Nevertheless, the winner will get an undisputed title shot. Therefore, it made no sense for Joshua to face either Filip Hrgovic or Zhilei Zhang. Neither of those fights takes him closer to a world title or an undisputed bout. They are also less lucrative than a Ngannou fight.
Fury earned a reported $50 million for facing Ngannou, meaning Joshua could be in line to get something similar. The Ngannou fight is much less risky since there are still question marks over whether he can replicate the performance he did against Fury. Ngannou will have nothing to lose again, putting pressure on Joshua to perform. Trainer Andy Lee, known for being close to Fury, warned Joshua to be wary of overlooking Ngannou.
“He [Fury] trained hard for that fight, but you got to give Ngannou credit. He was a lot more savvy and better at boxing than anyone would have given him credit. He’s quite clever and patient, too. Don’t underestimate his 280 lbs. It’s solid muscle. “He can punch. So, even though Joshua with his pedigree of being a really outstanding boxer-puncher, athlete, Olympic champion, unified champion, you got to favor him. It’s not a forgone conclusion [that Joshua will win] because Ngannou has all those attributes,” Lee stated
The pressure in on Joshua which is why he cannot overlook Ngannou. Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingnews.com.