Francis Ngannou Takes Time To Heal After Tragic Loss of His Child

Photo: Instagram/Francis Ngannou

The future of Francis Ngannou’s fighting career is uncertain following the tragic death of his young son earlier this month. On May 1, the 37-year-old former UFC heavyweight champion shared his heartbreak on social media, posting: “My little boy, my mate, my partner Kobe was full of life and joy. Now, he’s laying without life… Too soon to leave but yet he’s gone.”

Ngannou, who recently fought Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in his first professional boxing matches, is now focusing on healing. His coach, Dewey Cooper, confirmed that fighting is not a priority at the moment. “We will see. As you know he’s had a tragic, tragic situation with the passing of his 18-month-old son only a month ago, so right now we’re not even thinking about fighting at all,” Cooper said.

Cooper emphasized the depth of Ngannou’s grief, saying, “He’s in the healing process of the most tragic thing that can happen to a parent. There is nothing in this world more tragic than your kid passing away. He’s taking it day by day. I haven’t even thought about a fight or what he’s going to do as far as fighting. My heart is just with him.”

Photo: Instagram/Francis Ngannou

Despite the recent loss, Cooper supports whatever path Ngannou chooses. “I would like to see him do whatever his heart desires. He’s had a long, hard road to get to his mixed martial arts career, he’s had two good boxing fights. What Francis has done is so unprecedented. Whatever he wants to do, of course we support.”

Ngannou’s first professional boxing fight was against Tyson Fury, and he later faced Anthony Joshua. While he didn’t win the match against Joshua, Cooper believes Ngannou has the talent to continue in boxing if he chooses.

The heavyweight division remains active, with Oleksandr Usyk recently becoming the undisputed champion after defeating Fury. As Ngannou takes time to heal, the future of his fighting career remains open, and his supporters are ready to stand by whatever decision he makes.

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Source: Boxing Scene 

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