Performance against Fury gives Ngannou confidence ahead of Joshua fight

MMA fighter Francis Ngannou said his outstanding performance in his professional boxing debut against Tyson Fury has given him confidence ahead of his fight against British heavyweight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou, who will fight Joshua at Riyadh's Kingdom Arena, made his debut in October, losing a split decision to WBC world champion Fury in a non-title fight.

The Cameroonian-French fighter almost pulled off an upset when he knocked Fury to the canvas with a left hook in that fight.

"I feel confident enough, based on my training, based on the hard work I've put in. I think on Friday night I'll get the reward for the work I've done," Ngannou told reporters Wednesday.

"It was a good experience and definitely guided me better to have a proper workout. I can't say exactly how much confidence it gives me, but it does set the temperature of the water.

"Every space I have open, I'm going to hit it... I'm not going to leave any stone unturned and no opportunity unexplored."

Ngannou, who has a 17-3 mixed martial arts record with 12 wins by knockout, will once again be the underdog when he faces two-time world heavyweight champion Joshua, but the Briton said he would not make the mistake of underestimate your less experienced opponent.

"He's been boxing. His first dream was to be a boxer, which people forget. He was part of the Cameroonian team," Joshua told reporters.

"He's been doing this since he was very young. His dream was always to be a boxer. I know what I'm up against, I watch all these little details. I spar, I study movies, all that kind of stuff."