24 Jan

Sparring Sequel: Zakhozhyi Joins Ngannou for Pre-Joshua Training

Ukrainian heavyweight slugger Oleksandr Zakhozhyi is again lacing up his gloves with former UFC champ Francis Ngannou, this time at the renowned Mike Tyson Boxing Club.

Ngannou is sharpening his tools for the upcoming showdown with Anthony Joshua. Zakhozhyi, channeling some Iron Mike wisdom, captioned a snap with Francis: "Everyone has a plan until they get kicked in the teeth - Mike Tyson."

This isn't Zakhozhyi's first dance in Ngannou's corner. In October 2023, he was the sparring partner helping the Cameroonian titan gear up for his match with Tyson Fury. Despite a loss by judges' decision, Ngannou did manage to floor the reigning king with a knockdown.

The ring is set for Ngannou and Joshua to trade leather on March 8 in Saudi Arabia, with Zakhozhyi again playing a pivotal role in Ngannou's prep.