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Francis Ngannou could defeat Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder after his impressive showing against Tyson Fury last month, claims British UFC star Tom Aspinall.
Ngannou stunned the boxing world by dropping the WBC world champion in the third round of their ‘Battle of the Baddest’ showdown in Saudi Arabia – before the Gypsy King controversially won thanks to a split decision.
And after Ngannou held his own and went the distance across all ten rounds, the Cameroonian and former UFC heavyweight champion has been tipped for more lucrative bouts against other giants of the division.
Joshua and Wilder have both been mooted as possible opponents, and Aspinall believes he is good enough to beat either man.
Aspinall, who has previously sparred with Fury, said it would be ‘incredible’ to see Ngannou face the heavyweight pair after his ‘unbelievable’ performance in the Middle East.
Francis Ngannou put in an ‘unbelievable’ performance against Tyson Fury, says Tom Aspinall
The UFC star tipped Ngannou to beat either of Anthony Joshua (L) or Deontay Wilder (R)
Aspinall was speaking ahead of his UFC heavyweight interim world title fight against Sergei Pavlovich this weekend
‘Obviously I’d love him to fight AJ or Wilder, people like that,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘That would be absolutely incredible.
When asked about whether Ngannou was good enough to beat Joshua or Fury, he replied: ‘Before last week I would say “absolutely not”, but what he did in his fight was absolutely unbelievable to me, I’m still in shock, nearly two weeks on. So I think he can.’
Aspinall, who will compete for the UFC heavyweight interim world title against Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 295 this weekend, also suggested Joseph Parker as a possible name to face Ngannou.
‘That is definitely a fight I’d like to see,’ he added. ‘I like watching Joseph Parker. He brings it. Even though he’s had a few losses and Ngannou brings it as well.’
As for Ngannou’s next move, he recently revealed he hopes to secure a rematch against Fury in 2024 after running him so close in their first fight.
Ngannou is hoping to secure a lucrative rematch against Fury at some point next year
Fury is expected to face Oleksandr Usyk next in a highly-anticipated undisputed showdown slated for February, so Ngannou would have to be patient.
‘I would be willing to wait [for Fury to fight Usyk],’ he told TMZ.
He also claimed he is angry with himself that he cut Fury in the fight, which is the reason why the heavyweight champion isn’t able to fight in less than two months.
‘I know that they are going to fight, they had a contract already, so they are going to fight sometime in February instead of December 23, which is my fault,’ he said while smiling.
‘I shouldn’t have cut him. He would’ve fought December 23, and maybe we would’ve run it back early next year.’