Francis Ngannou has despatched a warning to each Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury within the aftermath of his gorgeous win at UFC 260.
‘The Predator’ was topped UFC heavyweight champion of the world with a shocking knockout of Stipe Miocic as he showcased unimaginable energy and technical versatility in Las Vegas.
When Ngannou arrived in Paris after leaving his native Cameroon, his aim was to emulate his hero Mike Tyson and develop into heavyweight world champion.
Though he has succeeded in a single self-discipline, the 34-year-old nonetheless harbours ambitions of entering into the squared circle and claiming a world title.
At present, Fury and Joshua maintain the entire marbles within the division and talks a few large unification battle proceed to ramble on.
But Ngannou has warned each males to remain prepared as his desires of lacing up the gloves and changing into world heavyweight champion nonetheless burn vivid.
Ngannou instructed ESPN : “That is sooner or later, it’s someplace, positively. I’m going to field; I’ve to field in my profession.
“My important dream has all the time been the noble artwork and though I deviated into MMA, which I really like, I nonetheless need to fulfil one thing in boxing.”
In fact, there’s nonetheless the small matter of defending the belt he has simply gained from Miocic, with a bunch of prime contenders prepared and ready to pounce.
Former light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones stays firmly entrenched amongst the contenders after vacating his title to pursue the heavyweights final 12 months, however his contract stand-off with Dana White has allowed hypothesis about different contenders to manifest.
For Ngannou, he desires to battle twice in 2021 and the title merely doesn’t matter – he merely wants an opponent to indicate up.
“I don’t know what’s taking place between Jon Jones and the UFC however one thing appears unsuitable and I believe perhaps he’s dealt with it within the unsuitable means,” Ngannou added.
“However that’s not my enterprise, there are a whole lot of contenders able to battle and there are a whole lot of fights right here.
“For the primary time, I’m the person who’s making the decision, I don’t have to take a seat down and watch for individuals; they’re ready for me and I’m prepared.
“I can select to battle and I need to battle twice this 12 months. I hope that battle occurs, I’d love that battle but when not I’ll transfer on. I’m able to battle in the summertime, perhaps August, in order that I also can battle in December.
“If it was as much as me, Jon Jones is an efficient one. I’ve taken the most effective heavyweight of all trip so now to take the pound-for-pound No.1 man out could be good; it could be good for the resume.
“I believe he desires a problem however I believe he’s additionally on the stage in his profession the place he desires a giant pay cheque, and I can’t argue with that.
“He’s the best and the pound-for-pound No.1 man, you’ll be able to’t deny something on this sport to Jon Jones.”