Carl Froch insists Francis Ngannou has ‘no future in boxing’ after having ‘years taken off his life’ by Anthony Joshua knockout

Carl Froch doesn’t think Francis Ngannou should continue boxing after being brutally knocked out by Anthony Joshua.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more vicious knockout than AJ’s one-punch stoppage on Friday night.


Ngannou was knocked out cold by Joshua

Ngannou was out before he hit the canvas and lay motionless on his back for several seconds after being tagged by Joshua’s right hand in the second stanza.

Thankfully, after receiving oxygen from the on-site medical staff, Ngannou was back on his feet, but those were scary moments in the immediate aftermath.

It was an entirely different outcome to his exciting nip-and-tuck affair with Tyson Fury last October, which saw Ngannou almost eke out a win over the WBC heavyweight world champion.

Despite losing both of his professional boxing bouts since making the transition from MMA late last year, Ngannou insists he is not done with the sport yet.

Anthony Joshua says he would fight Tyson Fury in his garden as he celebrates his win against Francis Ngannou at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

However, Froch would like to see him hang up his gloves for the sake of his health after being flatlined by Joshua.

Speaking on the most recent episode of talkSPORT’s ‘The Verdict with Froch & Groves’, he said: “Look at Francis Ngannou’s record on BoxRec. Have a look at what he’s done.

“He’s had two fights as a professional, he’s lost to Tyson Fury and now he’s been badly knocked out by Anthony Joshua.

“I don’t think he should be in the professional ring again, he ain’t got time to build up, he’s nearly 40 years old.

Joshua doesn't want to see Ngannou back in the squared circle ever again


Joshua doesn’t want to see Ngannou back in the squared circle ever againCredit: talkBOXING

“He ain’t got time to build up as a pro, he has made plenty of money. That was a bad knockout, it probably took a few years off his bloody life, because he got banjoed, he was out cold before he hit the floor.

“That’s gonna have some damaging effects. Not just mentally, but physically, that’s a bad one at that age. I don’t recommend getting flattened like that.”

Ngannou will more than likely return to MMA before he boxes again.

‘The Predator’ is set to face Renan Ferreira at some point this year in his PFL debut.

Ferreira secured the Ngannou fight after stopping former two-weight Bellator champion Ryan Bader in 21 seconds on the PFL vs. Bellator bill in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last month.

He is 13-3 as a professional MMA fighter and won the recent 2023 edition of the PFL Heavyweight tournament by beating Denis Goltsov in the final.

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