EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Hearn claims Anthony Joshua would beat Francis Ngannou inside THREE rounds on 'The Hook'... after saying that Tyson Fury looked like HE was the one that had never boxed before in their 'Battle of the Baddest'

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Eddie Hearn has claimed that Anthony Joshua could hit Francis Ngannou successful 3 information connected Mail Sport's The Hook - contempt nan MMA combatant making Tyson Fury look for illustration a novice during Saturday's 'Battle of nan Baddest'. 

The Gypsy King anticipated a rout successful Riyadh ahead of nan crossover clash, but was taken nan region by Ngannou complete 10 rounds. 

Ngannou managed to driblet Fury but nan conflict ended pinch Fury claiming triumph by split-decision, mounting up a forthcoming conflict against Oleskandr Usyk. 

But nan Matchroom promoter was nan latest sound to definitive his astonishment astatine nan result, calling Fury's capacity 'dreadful'. 

'People saying "oh, he's fto nan boxing world down" - I don't deliberation that really matters,' Hearn told The Hook on Tuesday. 'I deliberation it was bully for boxing successful that it was an unthinkable spectacle. What Saudi Arabia did pinch nan production, and nan ringing walks was amazing.


Eddie Hearn has predicted a towering triumph for Anthony Joshua against Francis Ngannou

The Cameroonian MMA prima (centre) astir pulled disconnected 1 of nan biggest upsets successful nan sport

'But earlier nan conflict I gave Francis Ngannou zero chance of winning, like, connected insubstantial it's conscionable nan astir unspeakable mismatch. A feline who has ne'er had a master boxing match. And I deliberation location was decidedly an constituent of Tyson looking done him, he wasn't arsenic good prepared arsenic he should person been, but it was still an atrocious performance.

'They're now talking astir Ngannou arsenic arguably nan number 1 successful nan heavyweight division, and it's nan biggest load of rubbish I've ever heard because he was decidedly overmuch amended than group expected he would beryllium - but he tin get hit by anybody from English title level (all nan measurement up) to nan number one. 

'But there's immoderate large fights retired location for him now.'

One of them could travel successful nan shape of Hearn's combatant Anthony Joshua, and Hearn shared that he had antecedently spoken pinch Joshua astir nan anticipation of nan match-up six months earlier his Saudi showdown pinch Fury. 

'He went, "I'm not willing successful that, almost a spot gimmicky - I want to triumph nan world heavyweight title again".

'But now, having successful astir people's sentiment beaten Tyson Fury astatine nan weekend, really tin he not beryllium reliable - whether it's AJ, whether it's Wilder,' Hearn continued. 

Hearn besides stressed that he 'felt' for Ngannou because 'if he would person sewage nan last consequence connected paper, it would person gone down arsenic 1 of nan top sporting victories. Forget  boxing - successful nan history of sport. 

'Fury looked frightened successful nan backmost extremity of nan fight. Everytime they sewage successful a clinch, he looked for illustration he was getting flung around. It was a difficult conflict successful that nary 1 really did a batch successful nan backmost extremity but - but because (Ngannou) dropped him and because he won those early 2 rounds, for me, he won nan fight. 

Ngannou knocked down Tyson Fury successful Riyadh - but nan Gypsy King won by divided decision

'When nan last doorbell went, I went ohio my God, he's lost. Most people's guidance was that Ngannou won nan fight. I can't judge it. 

'Fury looked for illustration nan feline who's ne'er boxed before.' 

When asked astir nan anticipation of Ngannou facing Joshua for his adjacent high-profile bout, Hearn hinted astir a imaginable match-up, but stayed vague.  

'The only point AJ has connected his mind is to go three-time heavyweight champion,' Hearn said.

'AJ-Ngannou conflict is simply a monster. Two absolute man mountains and I emotion nan conflict because I deliberation it's easy activity for Anthony Joshua. 

'All these poeple now who deliberation that Ngannou is going spell retired and hit AJ, hit (Deontay) Wilder, hit (Zhilei) Zhang - me, I respect what he's done but I'm a nonbeliever. 

'We emotion nan fight. It's a monolithic conflict successful Saudi. (A fight) that could create history successful Africa, for illustration a Rumble successful nan Jungle 2. It's massive. 

'The crazy point is, immoderate group are calling it a 50-50 fight. So I'm each complete it. If you really deliberation that, make nan fight. 

The promoter hyped a imaginable conflict betwixt Ngannou and Joshua arsenic 'Rumble successful nan Jungle 2'

Hearn claimed that Fury looked for illustration a novice adjacent to competent capacity from Ngannou

Joshua has beaten Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius (pictured) since losing to Oleksandr Usyk past year

Hearn was besides bullish astir his fighter's chances.  

'I cognize AJ wins that conflict wrong three, six rounds max. So we'll see. 

'But Ngannou sewage to springiness him nan credit. He's a large beardown boy, and he's put himself successful a beardown position.'

After losing his rematch to Usyk past August, Joshua has recorded back-to-back wins against Jermaine Franklin and Robert Helenius. 

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