Eddie Hearn Reveals He Reached Out To Francis Ngannou’s Team For Anthony Joshua Fight, Didn’t Get A Response


Eddie Hearn admits he tried to make Francis Ngannou and Anthony Joshua.

After the former UFC heavyweight champion became a free agent, there were talks of Ngannou being in talks to box Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder. However, Hearn revealed he also reached out to make the Joshua fight, but he didn’t hear back so he assumes Ngannou is waiting for the Fury rematch.

“I reached out to Francis Ngannou’s team and I said, ‘Just to let you know, we’re up for discussing the Francis Ngannou [vs.] AJ fight. I never heard back from them. So I think probably, knowing the business, I would say that probably Fury-Ngannou is almost probably agreed to post Fury-Usyk already,” Fury told The MMA Hour.

“[Ngannou will] feel like, after that first fight, he can beat Fury, but there’s no point [in boxing non-stars] — he can really lose to anybody in the top 50 at heavyweight, so you’ve got to cash in at this point, and there’s really only three fights that cash into the levels that he will want [Fury, Joshua, or Deontay Wilder]. So I’d guess, and you might know better, Francis Ngannou will fight in the PFL or wherever in spring, summer of 2024, and then he’ll fight Tyson Fury at the end of [2024]. I would think that would be the mindset of the team,” Hearn continued.

Tyson Fury ended up edging out a split decision win over Francis Nganou in a more competitive fight than people thought.

With the win, Fury is set to face Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight titles. After that, Hearn thinks Ngannou and Fury have already agreed to a rematch.

Who do you think would have won, Francis Ngannou or Anthony Joshua?

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