Francis Ngannou responds to Anthony Joshua fight offer and insists he will wait for Tyson Fury rematch instead

Joshua and Deontay Wilder have both been put forward as Ngannou's next opponents.

Francis Ngannou responds to Anthony Joshua fight offer and insists he will wait for Tyson Fury rematch instead
Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou
Eddie Hearn is eager for Joshua and Ngannou to meet in the ring (Picture: Getty)

Francis Ngannou says he would turn down an offer to fight Anthony Joshua to instead wait for his rematch with Tyson Fury.

The former UFC heavyweight champion shocked the boxing world by pushing Fury to his limits in their non-title showdown in October.

In what was his first appearance in a boxing ring, Ngannou floored ‘The Gypsy King’ in the third round, taking him the distance with Fury picking up the win via a controversial split decision.

Fury was left with a blackened left eye and cut on his forehead as a result of his war with the Cameroonian with his undisputed showdown against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk put on ice as a result.

That historic bout was scheduled to take place on 23 December with Ngannou’s superb performance scuppering those plans. Fury vs Usyk is now expected to take place in February so the Briton can recover from that bruising night in Saudi Arabia.

Ngannou meanwhile has emerged as the hottest property in heavyweight boxing.

Eddie Hearn is desperate to match the 37-year-old with two-time heavyweight champion Joshua, billing it as ‘Rumble in the Jungle II’ with hopes of staging it in Africa.

Francis Ngannou vs Tyson Fury
Ngannou felt he had done enough to get the win over Fury (Picture: Getty)

Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has also recently revealed talks have taken place with Ngannou’s representatives.

But the MMA star says fighting Fury again is his sole focus and will happily bide his time until the dust from Fury vs Usyk settles.

‘I would be willing to wait [for Fury to fight Usyk],’ Ngannou told TMZ Sports. ‘I know that they are going to fight, they had a contract already, so they are going to fight sometime in February instead of December 23, which is my fault.

‘I shouldn’t have cut him. He would’ve fought December 23, and maybe we would’ve run it back early next year.’

Asked if he would be interested in fighting Joshua before that, he said: ‘First of all, it’s too soon.

‘Secondly, my focus, as boxing is concerned, is a rematch with Tyson. That’s the most important thing for me right now, everything else for boxing comes after.’

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