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Claressa Shields Predicts Nail-Biter: Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou Set for Split Decision Showdown

In the lead-up to the highly anticipated clash between Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou, boxing star and MMA competitor Claressa Shields is foreseeing a closely contested battle, leaning towards a split decision outcome. Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and undisputed boxing champion, brings her unique perspective to the upcoming heavyweight spectacle set to unfold on March 8, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion transitioning to professional boxing, is stepping into the ring with two-time unified titlist Anthony Joshua. Shields initially envisioned a knockout victory for Joshua but now believes it could evolve into a tight contest, with the potential for a split decision favoring either fighter. The boxing sensation shared her insights with Sky Sports, emphasizing Joshua’s need to prove himself while acknowledging the formidable challenge posed by Ngannou’s strength and power.

“I think it’s going to be a good fight. At first, I kind of felt that AJ was going to knock out Ngannou, that’s how I saw the fight. Now it’s kind of shifted on, I feel like it’ll be a split decision going either guy’s way,” Shields commented, delving into the dynamics of the bout. Shields expressed concern that Joshua’s determination to prove himself might lead to added pressure, potentially influencing the outcome against the formidable Ngannou.

As a fighter who transcends both boxing and MMA, Shields recognizes the significance of Ngannou’s prowess and believes Joshua possesses the tools to secure victory, provided he executes his game plan effectively. With a genuine respect for MMA, Shields is closely watching the convergence of these two worlds and anticipates a showdown that could redefine expectations in the heavyweight division.

In the midst of this speculation, Shields is set for her own battle in the PFL SmartCage, showcasing her multidimensional skills on Saturday. As the boxing world eagerly awaits the clash between Joshua and Ngannou, Shields’ insights add an intriguing layer of anticipation to an already high-stakes showdown.

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