Anthony Joshua Enjoys Chess on a Private Flight After $50M Payday for Beating Ngannou

Anthony Joshua Enjoys Chess on a Private Flight After $50M Payday for Beating Ngannou

Elijah Odetokun
March 22, 2024 at 10:48 AM
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  • Anthony Joshua beat Francis Ngannou in the former UFC fighter’s second bout
  • The match ended with a second-round knockout that left Ngannou out cold
  • The Nigerian boxer reportedly earned $50 million from the two-round fight

Anthony Joshua is cruising around the world to enjoy himself after beating Francis Ngannou in two rounds at an exhibition show in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

It was the former UFC heavyweight champion’s second boxing match after an impressive ten-round outing against British boxer Tyson Fury, in which he scored two takedowns.

Anthony Joshua, Francis Ngannou, F1 Grand Prix, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Anthony Joshua was at the F1 Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia hours after beating Francis Ngannou. Photo by Eric Alonso.
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Joshua quickly showed the Cameroonian a different side to boxing by knocking him out cold with a vicious right hook in the second round, which left him unconscious.

Per Marca, Ngannou admitted he had lost his memory and vision since the first round and did not know when he took to his stool after the first round, talk less of knowing when he was knocked out.

Joshua cruises after beating Ngannou

The 34-year-old reportedly earned a fortune of $50 million for the six-minute fight, while his opponent received $20mil, more than he ever received in his UFC career.

As seen in images shared on the boxer’s Instagram page, he enjoys his windfall flying on a private jet while playing chess with the folks who kept him company.

Though he did not disclose his flight details, he accompanied the video with Nas’ Street Dreams and was obviously in a happy mood with his entourage.

The former two-time unified champion will face the winner of Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury's undisputed fight scheduled for May 18 for a title match.

Per Boxing Scene, his trainer, Ben Davison, claimed he would prefer a third match against Usyk instead of a first with his fellow British boxer Fury. He lost his last two bouts against the Ukrainian.

Joshua sparks dating rumours with Osunde

Sports Brief reported on Joshua’s cosy photos with Kika Osunde after his heavyweight fight with Ngannou, which sparked rumours that the two are romantically involved.

They were first spotted together in Saudi Arabia. The celebrity hairdresser gave the boxer a big hug as he descended the ring after winning his fight in six minutes.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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