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Francis Ngannou’s Football Connection Revealed: MMA Star Won’t Switch Sports Again

Ngannou's Brief Stint in Boxing

Francis Ngannou, the MMA star, briefly left the UFC to try his hand at boxing last year, signing with the Professional Fighters League.

Return to MMA

After facing setbacks in the boxing ring, Ngannou is set to make his return to MMA with the PFL, eyeing a bout in September in Saudi Arabia.

Football Fanatic

While on holiday in Cameroon, Ngannou indulged his love for football by playing for a local team and even co-owns a football club in his homeland.

CEO's Insight

PFL CEO Peter Murray shared that Ngannou is passionate about football but assured fans that the heavyweight fighter is focused on his MMA career.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you wrap your hands for boxing?

Hand wrapping helps protect your wrists and fingers from injury. Start by unwinding the wraps and placing the thumb loop around your thumb, extend the wrap over the back of your hand, and circle your wrist several times. Wrap the Velcro around your wrist, crisscrossing your fingers and covering your knuckles.

How can I determine the size and type of glove that is right for me?

The size and type of boxing glove you need depend on your weight, the level of protection required, and the activity you’re engaging in (e.g., heavy bag work, sparring, or competition). Gloves can be measured in ounces. Many beginners start off with lighter gloves, such as 12oz. or 14oz. for training. As they progress into sparring, heavier gloves are used.

How do I protect myself in boxing?

The defense in boxing includes several techniques. They include maintaining a strong guard with your arms up, using the footwork to keep distance, and using head movement, such as slips or rolls, to avoid punches. These defensive skills are just as crucial as your offensive abilities.


  • Women are joining boxing in increasing numbers, rising by about 15% in the past decade, indicating growing gender diversity in the sport.
  • Nearly 80% of boxing training injuries are related to incorrect technique, especially within the first three months of taking up the sport.
  • Approximately 50% of beginner boxers drop out within the first six months, highlighting the importance of sustaining motivation and setting realistic goals.
  • Studies show that proper hand wrapping can reduce the chance of hand and wrist injuries by as much as 40%.
  • Despite the stereotype that boxing is a young person’s sport, approximately 20% of all beginners are over the age of 40.
  • On average, beginners who undergo proper boxing training can expect to burn anywhere from 300 to 500 calories per hour.
  • An analysis of boxing workouts demonstrates that participants can maintain a heart rate at 75-85% of their maximum, which is the optimal range for cardiovascular training.
  • Boxing has one of the lowest rates of injury compared to other contact sports, with approximately 1.1 injuries per 1,000 minutes of athletics.
  • It is estimated that 60% of beginner boxers do not use the correct size gloves, which can increase the risk of injury.
  • Around 90% of boxers suffer a minor injury over the course of a year, with only 10-15% experiencing a moderate to severe injury.

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How To

How to prepare mentally for boxing training

Boxing requires a strong mental approach. Develop a mental routine for training. This could include visualizing, mentally practicing techniques and setting goals. Stress management and improved focus can be achieved by using mindfulness techniques like meditation, and positive self talk. Remember that boxing is just as much about improving yourself and learning as it is about competing, so be sure to approach each session with an eager mind and a determined attitude.