The Predator joined Babcock on the TMZ Sports TV show (airs weekdays on FS1) on Monday … where we talked to the boxing and MMA superstar about his HUGE upcoming clash with 34-year-old Anthony Joshua on March 8, as well as his plans for the future.
Of course, 37-year-old Ngannou has his hands full with AJ, one of the most physically imposing athletes in the world (as is Ngannou) … but that’s not to say he doesn’t know what he wants after he scraps with Joshua.
To the contrary, he does … and it’s not necessarily the victor of Tyson Furyand Oleksandr Usyk, who are fighting for the heavyweight belts in February, weeks before Francis and Anthony.
“I’m not looking for the winner of Tyson Fury. I’m looking for Tyson!” the former UFC heavyweight champ told us.
“Tyson owes me a fight. I don’t give a s*** about the winner of Usyk and Tyson. I’m coming after Tyson. Win or lose, I want Tyson!”
FYI, Fury is 34-0 with 24 KOs … with one of those wins coming against Ngannou. However, many people around boxing believe Tyson actually lost their October fight, which he officially won by split decision.
But, first things first, Ngannou-Joshua.
Despite the success against Tyson, Francis is a fairly substantial underdog (risk $100 to win $500) … a betting line he says he understands.
“I’m going in against a former champion and getting guys that have been in the game for so long, winning, and all this stuff,” Ngannou said.
“I think he’s 30-something and I’m zero and one. C’mon man. How do you make me a favorite?”
“He’s seen me box already so he knows a little bit what he’s coming after unlike Tyson Fury that was out of the blue, didn’t know what to expect,” Ngannou said.
Even with his inexperience in the boxing ring, Ngannou says he still expects Joshua to study his fight with Fury, and make adjustments. Francis is intent on showing the Tyson fight was no fluke.
“I think this time I need to put it up even more to get the job done.”