Anthony Joshua cleared to face Francis Ngannou but Eddie Hearn prefers two-fight boxing and UFC deal with Dillian Whyte

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Francis Ngannou is the current UFC heavyweight champion


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ANTHONY JOSHUA has been given the green light to fight Francis Ngannou – but Dillian Whyte is the first in contention for the UFC champion.
Ngannou first set his sights on a boxing career at the age of 22, but after moving to France he instead embarked on an MMA career as it was easier to find fights.

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Anthony Joshua given the green light to fight UFC Champion Francis NgannouCredit: Instagram
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Francis Ngannou is the current UFC heavyweight championCredit: Getty

Fast forward 12 years and Ngannou is the UFC heavyweight king after taking out Stipe Miocic.

But he hasn’t given up hope of reaching the pinnacle of boxing and recently called for a fight against Tyson Fury, 32, and Joshua, 31.

AJ promoter Eddie Hearn is on board and has ruled out the possibility that UFC legends Amanda Nunes or Cris Cyborg will challenge Irish boxing champion Katie Taylor.

Hearn a dit SiriusXM: “AJ wants to be the best, but he also wants to do different things once he hits his goals.

“So a fight with Francis Ngannou is not impossible. Much like Katie Taylor vs. Cyborg or Nunes, potentially. “

Last year, Hearn had planned for Whyte, a former European kickboxing champion, to face Ngannou in a two-fight deal.

He would have seen one fight in the ring and the other in the cage, as both have experience in rival sports.

Hearn even filmed an explosive online press conference between the two men, but it was never broadcast as the UFC was unaware of the recording.

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Dillian Whyte was in line to fight Francis NgannouCrédits: Dave Thompson Matchroom Boxing

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The promoter still hasn’t given up on the idea of ​​the historic cross-promotion alongside the UFC between Ngannou, 34, and Whyte, 32.

Hearn said: “I love Francis NGannou. We almost had a squeeze with him and Dillian Whyte, but the UFC shut it down after we taped it.

“We have the pictures, however. I would love to see a double match with Ngannou and Dillian Whyte.

“One in the cage and one out of it.” Ditto for Taylor and Nunes. “

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