Anthony Joshua has described his bout with Cameroonian boxer Francis Ngannou as his "undisputed fight."
Most boxing critics argue that Anthony Joshua should have faced a more competitive boxer instead of Ngannou, who transitioned from mixed martial arts to boxing in 2023.
Former UFC champion Ngannou made a name for himself in the heavyweight boxing world by dropping WBC champion Tyson Fury to the ground in his debut heavyweight boxing bout last summer. Although Fury won on points, Ngannou gained attention for the damage he inflicted on the highly decorated British boxer.
Originally, Ngannou wasn't supposed to face Joshua on March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but got the opportunity after AJ's proposed bout with American boxer Deontay Wilder was called off following Joseph Parker's victory over Wilder.
Critics expected Joshua to take on Parker in his next match to set himself up for an undisputed title fight with the winner of the bout between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. However, he opted for Ngannou, arguing that it wouldn't be an easy fight, contrary to what his critics suggest.
Some boxing enthusiasts still believe that a victory over Francis Ngannou can give Anthony Joshua a shot at the world title.
"Let me say this again, I'm not focusing on that," Joshua said on The MMA Hour. "I'm going to take my mind, I have to draw it back that Ngannou is my undisputed title fight. That's the mentality I have to have."