UFC champion Francis Ngannou has praised British stars Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury for their impact in boxing’s heavyweight division.
Fury had a successful year in the sport defending his world title with a trilogy victory against Deontay Wilder in 2021.
Meanwhile Joshua experienced a much tougher time losing his unified belts to Oleksandr Usyk with revenge planned early this year.
However Cameroonian star Ngannou has been impressed with both heavyweight stars’ time in the sport and has branded Fury the greatest fighter in the division in “his era”.
“Tyson Fury – I think he’s the best. He’s the best boxer of this era with no doubt and he’s proven his point by getting people like Deontay Wilder,” Ngannou told his YouTube channel.
“He’s fought this guy three times. Deontay Wilder – Heavy hands, good guy, good trash-talk guy, too. Pretty much the same thing as Derrick Lewis that I can say.
” Anthony Joshua – very nice guy, very good. I’ve been watching Joshua since a long time. He’s a very good boxer, skill-wise. Good physique and everything. Personally I don’t know him but I will say nice guy from what I’ve seen so far.
“He’s very explosive. He hits hard. I watched some of his fights. Even when he fought Klitschko, he showed he can hit and take punches, too. He has a very good chin.”
Fury was in arguably one of the fights of the year against Wilder where he recovered from a double-knockdown to secure a late stoppage.
Ngannou is also performing well in the UFC’s heavyweight division having retained his title and will be challenged by Cyril Gane later this month.
The 35-year-old has previously hinted at a move to the iron square as his future remains uncertain with his current promotion due to issues over financial reward.
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His paydays have been significantly less in comparison to Fury’s this year who earned £13 million for his trilogy victory and competed just once this year.
Ngannou has admitted he would love to take on Wilder and Fury in the future with his future in boxing inevitable with his stand-off with the UFC ongoing.
It’s always been down the line,” Ngannou told TMZ of his plans to box in the future. “This is something I’m not taking my eyes off of, it’s going to happen, either way.
“Even if, when the UFC and I finalise a deal, the boxing part has to be in it because I can’t see myself retiring without boxing, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder. I would like to test myself to that level.
“It’s not the same sport, although I’m the champion, I’m in the top in this division. At the end of the day, it’s just about trained hands, trained punches, having a good delivery system to produce bombs and I’m sure that if I deliver my own punch, it’s pretty good, I can make some damage.”