Joshua prepares for ‘undisputed fight’ with Ngannou

Former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua said he is not taking MMA veteran Francis Ngannou lightly.

Blockbuster match

The crossover boxing match between Joshua and Ngannou will take place on March 8 in Saudi Arabia.

The winner of the March 8 bout will face the victor of the upcoming clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

Regardless of the Fury-Usyk outcome, the British fighter is focusing on his match with Ngannou.

‘Undisputed fight’

“Let me say this again, I’m not focusing on [facing the Fury-Usyk winner],” Joshua said to The MMA Hour.

The 34-year-old Joshua treats the former UFC Heavyweight champion with utmost respect.

“I’m going to take my mind, I have to draw it back that Ngannou is my undisputed title fight,” he said.

“Because you’re only as good as your last fight, and I respect him a lot.”

Ngannou made his pro debut last October and tested Fury’s limits in a ten-round crossover fight.

Initially dubbed as a mismatched fight, Ngannou shocked Fury by flooring him in the third round.

The “Gypsy King” escaped with a split-decision victory.

“He ain’t easy money. He’s a hard night’s work,” Joshua acknowledged.

“And you know what’s crazy? So am I. I’m a hard night’s work for anyone. So let’s go, it’s going to be fireworks.”