Anthony Joshua to Take on Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia in March

Anthony Joshua to Take on Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia in March

Isaac Darko
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
  • Antony Joshua and Francis Ngannou are set to go head-to-head in Saudi Arabia this year
  • Ngannou will enter the upcoming bout following a points loss in his debut against Tyson Fury
  • Joshua emerged victorious against Otto Wallin as he continues to re-build his career

Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is slated to engage in a bout against Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua is anticipated to go up against the ex-UFC heavyweight champion, according to the promotional teams Matchroom and Queensberry officially disclosed the planned fight on Friday night.

Anthony Joshua, Francis Ngannou
Antony Joshua and Francis Ngannou are set to go head-to-head in Saudi Arabia this year. Photos by Richard Pelham/Mike Roach
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An announcement is set for January 15 through a press conference to disclose additional details, amid reports indicating that Joshua is poised to fight Ngannou on Friday, March 8, in Riyadh, BBC reported.

Promoter Eddie Hearn posted "it's a done deal" on X on Friday, and added:

"Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou collide on a huge night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia."

Joshua vs Ngannou: who wins?

The duo will face off in what will be only Ngannou's second professional fight.

In his previous bout, he nearly pulled off a stunning upset against Tyson Fury last year, scoring a knockdown on the WBC champion before narrowly losing a points decision.

After securing victory over Otto Wallin on December 23, Joshua had initially been slated to face Deontay Wilder in a provisional schedule. However, that anticipated showdown was derailed by Wilder's loss to Joseph Parker.

Wilder may be included on the same bill, despite his defeat on points to Joseph Parker in December, which dashed hopes of the American facing Joshua on that particular date.

Ngannou stuns Fury

In a sensational turn of events, Ngannou delivered a knockdown to Tyson Fury during their initial professional boxing encounter last October. However, Fury secured a closely contested points victory in Riyadh, per Mirror Sports.

Following his commendable performance, the WBC placed Ngannou in their top 10 title contenders.

Saudi Arabia is once again set to host a significant heavyweight bout, occurring shortly after Fury's undisputed world title fight against Oleksandr Usyk on February 17.

Hearn predicts winner of Wilder/Joshua bout

Earlier, Sports Brief reported boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that Anthony Joshua will defeat Deontay Wilder when both fighters take each other on in Saudi Arabia.

AJ and the Bronze Bomber have been touted for a blockbuster bout for some time now, and the proposed heavyweight fight could happen before the year 2023 runs out.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)