Eddie Hearn has claimed that the British Southern Area Champion would beat Francis Ngannou.
These comments from Matchroom CEO Hearn come after Fury put in one of his less dazzling performances against boxing debutant Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.
The former MMA champion managed to put Fury down in round three and boxed well throughout the fight, keeping Fury at distance and landing some solid shots of his own. Despite what many saw as a heroic performance, he ultimately lost a close split decision after 10 closely-fought rounds out in Riyadh.
Speaking to Boxing Social, Hearn named the British fighters he thinks would beat Ngannou despite the Cameroonian-Frenchman’s impressive boxing debut against the WBC champion Fury.
“Johnny Fisher, Southern Area champion, would beat Francis Ngannou. Fabio Wardley, no problem, I’m telling you.”
He did have some praise for Ngannou but stood by his predictions that he is not yet even at British level.
“One thing I would give Ngannou props for, he took a couple of decent shots. Fury threw and landed very few, but early on, Ngannou took a few. I give him credit.”
He then reiterated his belief in those British fighters before also claiming his man Anthony Joshua would end Fury’s career.
“I don’t mean to be disrespectful saying those heavyweights would beat Ngannou, but they would beat him. AJ against Tyson Fury. He would stop him. End his career, We’re going to lose that fight. Make the fight now.”
Quite what happens for Ngannou now is anyone’s guess, though Oleksandr Usyk has been firm with his views that Fury must fight him next.