UFC icon Francis Ngannou wants Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua for boxing debut

Former UFC star Francis Ngannou has set his sights on either Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua for his first boxing fight.

Ngannou vacated his heavyweight belt and left Dana White's promotion over the weekend after his long-term salary stand-off. He'd previously made it clear he wanted to pursue alternative ventures outside of the Octagon.

One of those potential ideas included a hybrid-rules clash with Fury, who he could now face in the squared circle. Appearing on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, the Cameroonian said he was leaning towards his next fight being a boxing bout in July at the latest.

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He went on to say: "If they are out there, I want to fight the top guys in boxing. I don't know, I think Fury has retired and come back, wants to fight Usyk and all [that] stuff.

"I don't know where he's at right now, but now it is time. Before, we could not do anything concrete beyond the social media stuff.

"Whatever it is, if it is with Tyson Fury, I will take it. I have no problem doing boxing with 4oz gloves, we will figure it out. Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua would be my first ideal opponent."

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Ngannou came face-to-face with Fury after the Gypsy King had beat Dillian Whyte at Wembley last April, but a crossover fight between the two never materialised.

He also mentioned Deontay Wilder as an interesting opponent for his boxing debut. Ngannou hasn't boxed at amateur or professional level but showed his lethal knockout power as he dominated in the UFC, with his MMA record reading 17-3.

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