Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who nearly pulled off a huge upsets in his boxing match against Tyson Fury last weekend, is hoping that Ukrainian Oleksandr Usik will agree to postpone his world title fight and give him an immediate rematch with the Brit.
“A rematch is what I want to do the most,” the Cameroonian told TMZ Sports. “I have a lot of options at the moment, but I want to choose wisely and do the rematch first.”
“My best scenario in boxing is to wait for Fury. If Usik can step aside and let me fight Fury, I’ll fight Fury. After that, they can do whatever they want. Then I’ll do a fight under MMA rules and then I’ll come back to boxing. I plan to fight twice next year – the first time in February or March.”
“If Usik doesn’t concede and my plan doesn’t work, I will still hold a fight in February or March, but in MMA. After that, I will wait until October – I will have at least seven to eight months to recover from a mixed martial arts fight, if something suddenly happens”
Recall that the fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou, held on October 28 in Riyadh, went the full distance and ended with a split decision in favor of the current world boxing champion, who was knocked down in the third round. After that, the organizers decided to move the unification fight between Fury and Usik from December to February to give “The Gypsy King” more time to recover and prepare.