Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou is set to shake up his training routine for the upcoming boxing match against Anthony Joshua. Ngannou’s coach, Dewey Cooper, revealed in a recent video interview with ESPN that the heavyweight contender will conduct his training camp in Saudi Arabia ahead of the scheduled bout on March 8 in Riyadh.
Typically training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Ngannou’s decision to train in Saudi Arabia appears to be strategic. The move aims to optimize training time and eliminate the need for transatlantic travel. Cooper, along with other members of Ngannou’s coaching team, is expected to join him in Saudi Arabia.
Ngannou’s last bout against Tyson Fury in October, his debut in professional boxing, ended in a narrow defeat. Many believed Ngannou should have won on the scorecards after an impressive performance, including a knockdown of Fury. Now, as he gears up for the fight against Joshua, Ngannou’s camp is embracing a change of scenery with Saudi Arabia as the chosen location for the crucial training camp.
Cooper, also the president of Team Combat League, expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming match, emphasizing the unique circumstances that led to this unexpected bout between Ngannou and Joshua. The boxing community eagerly awaits this clash between two formidable fighters, and Ngannou’s training in Saudi Arabia adds an intriguing dimension to the pre-fight narrative.