It looks like now the most popular heavyweight boxing champion right now might also be in the sights of a popular mixed martial artist.
The UFC star Francis Ngannou is one of the hottest fighters in MMA at the moment after his spectacular knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.
Ngannou has blown through the UFC heavyweight division, winning his last six fights by stoppage and putting the UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on notice.
‘He has punching power,’ Ngannou’s striking coach Dewey Cooper told MMA Junkie.
Coach also believes Ngannou could become a world-class heavyweight boxer. He’s just that quick of a learner and that talented of an athlete.
“This isn’t some jock-type guy,” Cooper said. “He’s really smart, he really studies, he really studies, and he really believes what he’s going to accomplish. Everything is coming to fruition right now.”
“He has punching power,” he added. “Anyone that has that equalizer will fare well. If he spends more time and takes it seriously, trains hard, he could be a champ in boxing also.”
“Everyone was so enthralled about the Conor McGregor – Floyd Mayweather fight. I’d like to see Francis, about one year from now, fight whoever the heavyweight champion is, whether it be Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. That would be a real fight, where an MMA fighter could go in there and upset a current boxing champion.”
The worlds of boxing and MMA were forever changed with the advent of Floyd Mayweather’s boxing super fight against Conor McGregor. Mayweather took the popular mixed martial artist to the tenth round, with the Irishman initially outperforming his opponents in the opening half of the bout before dropping to fatigue and being TKO’d by Mayweather.
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