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Francis Ngannou Expresses Indifference Toward Boxing Championships: ‘I Just Want To Be Free And Fight’

6 months ago By Jhon Woug

A force to be reckoned with is Francis Ngannou, not only for his fighting skills but also because of the philosophy he lives by. After a long hiatus, the MMA sensation will make his return to the squared circle as he is all set for his encounter with Anthony Joshua in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 8. Yet, what attracted the most attention was Ngannou’s confession about his lack of interest in boxing titles.

Besides, Ngannou is famous as ‘The Predator’ for not just his powerful performance but also his unusual way of fighting. In a recent MMA Hour interview, the 37-year-old athlete revealed his peculiar state of mind. On the contrary to the popular chase of titles and belts, Ngannou declared that his ultimate aim was to challenge the best fighters the division could deliver.

The world was eager to watch his duel with Joshua. Which means that Ngannou, this time around after his heroic display against Tyson Fury last October, is back in the spotlight again. Even after the controversial decision that landed him on the wrong side of scorecards, Ngannou’s boxing talents demonstrated to drop ‘The Gipsy King in the 3rd round brought respect from within and wide range marketability.

What distinguishes Ngannou from other boxers, however, is his willingness to avoid a classic attempt at getting titles. He asserted in an interview that “I get this win, and I fight Fury. That’s it.” Even if he has belts. As for titles, it’s a system that I don’t want to fall into… You must follow something and not fight. I don’t want to owe anyone and should not show up to anybody.

This statement reflects Ngannou’s wish for freedom in his quest for greatness. In a sports world dominated by organized regimens and playoff plans, The Predator marches to the sound of his own beat.

Ngannou’s clash in the ring with Joshua takes on a life of its own; it becomes more than what one could have described as a battle between titans, but is an act indicative of his rebellion against normality. Here, his trip to battle, regardless of the titles, portrays a competitive fighter. It is that feeling that speaks to those who value sport not only for trophies but also for the artistry and difficulty it embodies.

Ngannou could provide an angle of anticipation about his preparation and strategy for the upcoming fight. Having shocked many with his boxing skills against Fury, even if the result was debatable in some quarters, ‘the predator’ looks set to offer more action. The March 8 match in Riyadh is not only about titles; it’s a show of skills, will, and a fighter’s refusal to stop until reaching the pinnacle.

The MMA fans are also talking about Ngannou’s idea as it strives to cross ordinary narratives. In opposition, however, Ngannou attempts to negate the claim that titles validate fighters’ legacies. One asks a question: whether the legacy of a fighter can be shaped solely by belts or if it is something more profound than fancy gold decorations.

With the fight date rapidly approaching, UFC fans and boxing enthusiasts are increasingly led by traditional predictability vs. a refreshing departure that Ngannou embraces. It is a testimony to the athlete’s power not only to be an attention magnet in the ring but also to define a narrative outside of it.

Ngannou’s meteoric rise from an underdog to a worldwide superstar is truly awe-inspiring. His ascension in the MMA ranks, along with his transition into the boxing landscape, proves a fighter is not afraid to tread new pastures. On March 8, Joshua becomes the canvas where Ngannou paints a new approach celebrating difference.

Intertwined with this story is Arnold Allen, a UFC featherweight contender who provides more depth to the drama. On MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Allen offers his opinion on the upcoming throwdown. He calls Joshua a stylistic nightmare, highlighting the weight of styles in determining who wins fights. Allen believes that Tyson Fury left Ngannou aside in the fight, which creates an element of suspense, implying that once again ‘The Predator’ could be underestimated.

Throughout the jungle of fight games, Ngannou epitomises more than a wonderful athlete but also an emblematic figure in the structured sporting world. His disregard for boxing titles, on the other hand, undermines established order in supporters’ minds to change their opinion about what a real champion is. It is not about fitting into the system; it’s basically about having the freedom to fight and being free of trappings, titles, and duties.

Francis Ngannou’s success story in the fighting world goes beyond seeking championship belts. His next match with Anthony Joshua then becomes a backdrop to an entirely new way of sport, forged in its lust for freedom and unadulterated competition. In March, fight fans are not just waiting to see an epic clash of heavyweights; they are also interested in seeing a demonstration of individuality often overshadowed by titles and belts.

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