Former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou appears to be hearing offers from one of the most prestigious crossover boxing organizations in combat sports.
His colleagues at Misfits Boxing are now in talks with him to bring the Cameroonian and French fighters under the promotional banner, according to Kale Sauerland, head of promoter Wasserman Boxing. .
Misfits Boxing is a promotional group founded by YouTuber turned boxer KSI, Wasserman and music producer Mams Taylor. The group has an exclusive content output partnership with his DAZN, a sports streaming platform.
Ngannou recently became a hot commodity after negotiating a new contract with the UFC fell through. Ngannou said he had been in a promotion stalemate for two years over contracts and payments. His last fight in the mixed martial arts league was in January 2022 when he defeated Cyril Gaine.
Now, various suitors across boxing (a sport many observers believe could carve the kind of payday they believe Ngannou could not have earned through the UFC) are lining up to secure Ngannou in a deal. Sauerland said there could be a fight soon between Ngannou and heavyweight test horse Derek Chisora if he joins the Misfits.
“I want to sign him,” Sauerland said in a recent interview with a professional boxing fan. “I think he fits perfectly in a crossover piece with Misfits. There are many good fights.”
Chisora is coming off a brutal 10-round stop loss to WBC titlelist Tyson Fury, another famous boxer linked in a crossover fight with Ngannou.
“I believe in moms [Taylor] I’m talking to their people (Ngannou’s handlers),” Sauerland continued. “I’m sure a lot of people are talking to their people, but I think we can offer him something pretty unique. …I’m not involved, but my partner’s moms is discussing with his people.