Francis Ngannou’s coach is confident that his student can catch Anthony Joshua off guard in their upcoming boxing bout.
Ngannou entered the boxing world in October last year, when he gave Tyson Fury a run for his money. He’s now gearing up to take on Joshua on March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Numerous reports hint that the victor in their upcoming match might have a chance at the undisputed championship, once Fury and Oleksandr Usyk settle their rivalry on February 17.
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Nicksick revealed why he thinks Ngannou has a solid chance of shocking the world by knocking out Joshua.
“Well, I’m not going to sit here and say that I think he’s more susceptible to get knocked out [than Fury], but I’ll say that he’s more susceptible to us finding him stylistically, whereas Tyson does such a good job of movement, and angles, and kind of just rolling off the punches and things like that,” Nicksick said. “That’s why we tried to utilize a little bit more of the ring control and put him in a bar to limit some of his movement, whereas I feel like Anthony is going to be there more often.
“He’s more of a plot fighter, kind of works well behind his jab, but I feel like we can find him there in the pocket rather than having to chase him down or try to hunt him down. So there’s some differences there, but by that style of fight, if he’s going be there in the pocket, Francis will find you.”
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