Francis Ngannou wants to come back, opts for boxing and frustrates PFL plans

Franco-Cameroonian tries to get back on his feet and envisions continuing his career in the noble art

Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou He is a former UFC champion (Photo: Instagram)

Francis Ngannou decided to pursue his career in professional boxing, frustrating the PFL's expectations of having him on their squad this year. According to the 'Boxing Kingdom' portal, the French-Cameroonian's decision aims to erase the tough defeat he suffered against Anthony Joshua in his last fight, in March this year.

Ngannou's debut in professional boxing, in October 2023, left a good impression, with the Cameroonian losing by split decision to Tyson Fury, then world heavyweight champion.

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Despite the setback, the former champion of UFC He earned the respect of the boxing community by taking Fury, one of the biggest names in the sport, to a knockdown in the third round.

However, in the second performance for the noble art, Francis was unable to repeat his good performance and was severely knocked out by Anthony Joshua, in Saudi Arabia.

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With the decision to remain in boxing, he calls into question one of the PFL's most ambitious plans, which sought to count on the former UFC champion in its 2024 season. The organization's main target was to promote a confrontation between Francis and Renan Problem, current PFL heavyweight champion and one of the most dominant fighters in the division.

At 37 years old, the fighter has a record of 17 wins and three losses in his career. It is worth noting that, despite focusing on boxing, Ngannou does not completely disconnect from MMA.

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