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Francis Ngannou’s Conditioning Clip Leaves “Nervous” Boxing World Divided

Published 02/22/2024, 6:00 AM EST

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Boxing fans mark your calendars! Anthony Joshua, the dethroned heavyweight king, steps back into the ring against a formidable new challenger – the MMA legend Francis Ngannou. This epic clash, set for March 8th in Saudi Arabia, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office. Joshua faces a unique test in Ngannou.

The former UFC heavyweight champion, known for his devastating knockout power, brings a different fighting style and unpredictable element to the ring. Not only that, but he looks in better shape than his debut boxing fight against Tyson Fury. And in that fight, he was able to knock down the WBC titlist- however, can he do the same with Joshua as well and hopefully grab the win?

Francis Ngannou takes the punishment upfront

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Francis Ngannou has dropped an intense training footage for his fight against Anthony Joshua. The video in question was shared by iFL TV. The fans saw Ngannou indulging in the kind of training that would help him sustain the heavy body punches from Joshua. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion let his trainer hit his gut with a heavy ball on his body to build up his endurance against thundering body punches.

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As of now, the video has garnered around 107k views, and the fans are divided as some feel Joshua will have the upper hand while others stand by Ngannou’s side. Currently, Ngannou is in Saudi Arabia training for his fight in March.

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Both fighters are undergoing vigorous training, and now it remains to be seen who triumphs when the two titans stand face-to-face against each other next month.

“When AJ lands that right hand….”: Fans have a field day speculating different scenarios

As usual, the fans gave their opinion on the possible scenarios for the upcoming bout. Let’s take a peek at the comments section.

One of the fans stated that Ngannou wouldn’t be able to handle the power of Joshua during the fight. No matter how much he tries to prepare himself for it.

Another fan also favored ‘AJ’ and talked about how ‘The Predator’ would get knocked out in just seven rounds.

One fan, however, changed the narrative as they backed up the former UFC champion and stated that Joshua is the one who might get knocked out, and not Ngannou.

A fan also followed the same thought process when they stated that Joshua would definitely get nervous after seeing this intense Ngannou workout video.

At last, an X user stated that Ngannou looks much leaner for this bout, and it’s going to be an interesting fight between these two.

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The training video made many wonder about who’d actually win between a former boxing champion and a former MMA champion. Who do think would emerge victorious? Let us know in the comments section.

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Chirag Radhyan

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Chirag Radhyan is a senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Having authored close to 2K articles, he is a live-coverage specialist, contributing to the detailed reportage of live boxing events ranging from the Jermell Charlo vs Canelo Alvarez bout to Ryan Garcia vs Gervonta Davis. Moreover, his coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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Arijit Saha