Francis Ngannou tells Joe Rogan he wants to go into BOXING after his stunning UFC 270 victory, saying ‘It is something I MUST do before the end of my career’
- Francis Ngannou is eyeing a boxing match with the ‘Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury
- The Cameroonian retained his UFC heavyweight title with Ciryl Gane victory
- Ngannou is keeping his options open as his UFC contract is set to expire
UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou has revealed that he wants to go into boxing after retaining his UFC world heavyweight title with a victory over Ciryl Gane at the Honda Centre in Anaheim.
Ngannou has made no secret of his desire to make the switch to boxing one day, and Tyson Fury’s fearsome reputation in the ring and Connor McGregor’s defeat by Floyd Mayweather have proved no deterrent.
The 35-year-old has previously revealed that he would take to the octagon with WBC champion Fury having challenged him to a contest wearing MMA’s lighter gloves.
Francis Ngannou is considering a switch over to boxing following his UFC 270 victory
Ngannou told Joe Rogan after his title fight: ‘As I always say, boxing is always in the back of my pocket.
‘It’s something that I must do before the end of my career!
‘And right now, I’m really looking towards any opportunity to get that because it’s not like I had a lifetime here.
‘So I better start thinking about it.’
Ngannou sealed a victory over Ciryl Gane to retain his UFC world heavyweight title
Ngannou is understood to have one fight left on his contract due to a clause that extends the deal by winning a championship bout, putting both him and the UFC in an awkward position.
It will be fascinating to see whether the organisation come to an agreement with the champion or decide to strip him of the title in punishment.