• Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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Anthony Joshua eyes heavyweight title ahead of Ngannou showdown


Former WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will face Francis Ngannou, a former UFC champion on March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Ngannou, a 37-year-old former mixed martial arts fighter made his professional boxing debut in October 2023 when he knocked down WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury before losing by a split decision.

Joshua delivered one of his best fights since 2018 after beating Otto Wallin in the fifth round through a technical knockout in a non-title fight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last December.

Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua

The win over Wallin means Joshua has won three fights in 2023 and is desperate to become a three-time world champion.

The Cameroonian-born MMA fighter may be the most profitable choice available.

Joshua, 34, was set to face Deontay Wilder after beating Otto Wallin, but the 38-year-old American’s loss to New Zealander Joseph Parker stopped plans for the highly-anticipated big-money fight.

Joshua says he is hoping a fight against ex-mixed martial arts fighter Ngannou will lead to a shot at becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

The fighters faced off during a press conference in London on Monday.

Francis Ngannou
Francis Ngannou

“Every fight leads to somewhere, so this fight is my everything and we will see where it leads me,” Joshua said at a press conference in London.

“I have got to take his mind and his spirit, it will be explosive. We can both trade and it will be a good fight.”

Fury will also face Oleksandr Usyk in Riyadh on February 17 in a fight that will deliver the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 1999.