Anthony Joshua is following in fellow Brit Tyson Fury’s footsteps by taking on the former UFC champion Francis Ngannou on March 8 and the latest onlooker to predict what might happen is Tim Bradley.
Joshua will be hoping to deal with Ngannou rather more comprehensively than Fury. That fight back in October was the big-hitting MMA star’s boxing debut and was arguably one of the best ever as he kept Fury on his toes and working hard for the full 10 rounds.
Despite hitting the canvas in the third, Fury rallied to a close split decision points win. Ngannou now goes in with Joshua, who will be fighting for the fourth time in 12 months.
He has picked up rebuild wins over Jermaine Franklin, Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin that have all got him back into good form and backed by many people to lift a world title for the third time at some point soon.
Speaking to ProBox TV, Bradley broke down the contest.
“[Joshua] is going to take this fight seriously and show the world how you’re supposed to take out a guy like this. I give Ngannou a puncher’s chance.
“I think Joshua, his style suits him well, real patient, tentative, not taking chances, he will box, move and he has really good punching power and positioning.”
He did sound a warning about Ngannou, though.
“Ngannou has a left hook and that’s the only thing that scares me. He will sit, he will wait, he will look to time you with that left hook.
“If he hits Joshua with that left hook I’m going to tell you right now it’s going to do a whole lot of damage, and that’s the only scary part of this fight.”
Ultimately he came down in support of a Joshua win.
“But Joshua go in there and do what you’re supposed to do, show these UFC MMA guys how you’re supposed to do it. “
The reward for the winner of this fight could well be a battle with the newly crowned undisputed heavyweight king once Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have settled their differences on February 17, with Joshua picking Usyk for the win.