Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is set to make his professional boxing debut against former WBC heavyweight title challenger Derek Chisora.
This was announced in an interview with Pro Boxing Fans by the famous German promoter Kalle Sauerland, who claims that the parties are already in contact with each other.
“I would love to sign Francis Ngannou and get him to fight Derek Chisora,” Sauerland said. “It will be a big event and I am sure we will be able to offer it something unique. I’m not personally involved in the negotiations, but my partner Mams Taylor is discussing this with them.”
A week ago, UFC President Dana White announced that Francis Ngannou had become a free agent and left the organization, vacating the UFC heavyweight championship belt, which will be contested by Jon Jones and Cyril Gun on March 4 at UFC 285 in Las Vegas.
The 36-year-old Cameroonian giant last fought last January, successfully unifying the current and interim titles in a five-round showdown with Gan.
In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, The Predator revealed that he plans to fight his next fight in boxing, naming Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder as likely opponents.
39-year-old Derek Chisora last December made an unsuccessful attempt to take away the WBC championship belt from Tyson Fury, losing to the “Gypsy King” by technical knockout in the tenth round.