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Anthony Joshua knocks out Francis Ngannou: Fight Night LIVE

Anthony Joshua finishes Francis Ngannou in the second round of their Knockout Chaos showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Knockout Chaos Main Card Results:

Anthony Joshua bt Francis Ngannou (KO, R2)
Joseph Parker bt Zhilei Zhang (MD)
Rey Vargas v Nick Ball (Draw)
Israil Madrimov bt Magomed Kurbanov (TKO, R5)
Mark Chamberlain bt Gavin Gwynne (TKO, R4)

00:55
Anthony Joshua delivers Knockout Chaos

Anthony Joshua reigns supreme over Francis Ngannou to cap off a thrilling night of boxing action.

As the headline bout of a card billed 'Knockout Chaos', AJ duly delivered with a sensational highlight reel second round finish over UFC supremo Ngannou.

After an impressive showing from Ngannou over Tyson Fury in October, there was a shared feeling that the Cameroonian could give Joshua a lot of trouble in Riyadh tonight.

It wasn't to be, however, with Watford's finest Joshua showing the levels between an experienced champion and a relative novice in what was only Ngannou's second professional boxing match.

Joshua's blockbuster victory bolsters his claim to challenge for heavyweight world title honours once again, with the Olympic gold medallist likely eyeing up a shot against the winner of Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk's undisputed showdown in May.

00:39
Anthony Joshua knocks out Francis Ngannou!

Oh my word!

Anthony Joshua knocks out Francis Ngannou in the second round!

A clinical display from the Watford fighter who silences his doubters in dramatic fashion.

It's good to see Ngannou back on his feet after such a devastating finish to this bout.

00:31
Joshua v Ngannou - Round 1

Joshua drops Ngannou in the first round!

Wow! After a confident start to the fight from Ngannou, the UFC star is sent crashing to the canvas after feeling the full force of a stiff right hand from Joshua.

How will the Cameroonian respond?

00:15
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00:12
Rob Tebbutt's Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou tips

Tebbutt's Tips

Tonight provides us with another massive crossover event as Anthony Joshua takes on MMA star / turned professional boxer Francis Ngannou.

I think it's fair to say that a few months ago many of us would have been calling this a huge mismatch, just as many were ahead of the Tyson Fury v Ngannou fight.

Now, we all saw how that panned out with Ngannou shocking the boxing world by knocking down the world champion, before succumbing to a controversial, in some peoples opinions, split-decision defeat.

AJ rightly goes into the fight as the favourite, but how will he get the job done?

Well, personally, I'd be very impressed by him if he was able to stop Ngannou, so I will be looking at the 15/4 on offer for the two-time heavyweight champion of the world to win on points.

A little prop bet that I also like the look of is for AJ to repeat the circumstances of Fury's win over Ngannou last year, by winning the fight having been put on the canvas.

You can get 7/1 on that playing out tonight.

00:10
Up next...

Joshua

Up next it's the one we've all been waiting for as British heavyweight star Anthony Joshua faces off with UFC legend Francis Ngannou in one of the biggest-punching boxing showdowns in history.

Will two-time world champion 'AJ' have too much for Ngannou in what is only his second professional boxing bout? Or will the Cameroon's power shock the world?

Nobody gave Ngannou a chance against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in their exhibition fight back in October, but the MMA specialist gave the 'Gypsy King' a proper scare in Riyadh after knocking him down in the third round.

This impressive display from Ngannou has set up another fascinating matchup with Joshua, who comes into this clash off the back of a clinical display against Swede Otto Wallin as part of the Day of Reckoning card in the Saudi Kingdom in December.

Joshua is the 3/10 betting favourite to win this fight, with Ngannou the outsider at 5/2.

00:02
Joseph Parker wins by Majority Decision!

So there we have it - Joseph Parker prevails over Zhilei Zhang via Majority Decision!

Another sensational victory for the New Zealander, who has now cleaned out two of the most dangerous heavyweights on the planet in successive bouts after dismantling Deontay Wilder in the Saudi Kingdom in his last outing in December.

It's a deserved triumph for Parker, who displayed real grit and courage to recover after being dropped on two occasions to out-punch and out-box Zhang for the remainder of the fight.

A statement win for Parker who puts himself firmly in the frame for another stab at a world title.

23:55
Zhang v Parker - Round 12

Zhang's corner implore their fighter to go for the knockout in the final round in a clear indication of Parker's ascendancy at the end of this fight.

The 40-year-old was unable to deliver on this request, however, perhaps as a result of a significantly diminished gas tank.

Another round of feints and jabs from Parker who ends this contest well on top.

Despite being dropped twice in the fight, I have Parker edging this one.

Will the judges agree?

23:52
Zhang v Parker - Round 11

Parker is doing what he does best, staying on the move and in and out of range as Zhang struggles to keep up with the tempo the New Zealander has set.

Zhang has undoubtedly landed the more significant shots in this fight, but his output in the second half of the fight quite simply hasn't been enough.

An imposing round from Parker who looks increasingly confident of winning this fight.

How will Big Bang respond in the twelfth?

23:47
Zhang v Parker - Round 10

More joy for the fast hands of Joseph Parker as he continues to out-punch the sluggish Zhang.

Parker ends the round as the clear aggressor with the tired Zhang stepping back towards the ropes.

The championship rounds will be decisive in this one...

23:43
Zhang v Parker - Round 9

Zhang's lack of volume could yet cost him in this fight, with the Chinese southpaw seemingly taking lengthy breaks in output during rounds.

Parker on the other hand remains busy throughout, but isn't landing a great deal of power punches at the moment.

Zhang has the power to knock Parker clean out when he does throw, but as the clock ticks on he is beginning to look increasingly fatigued in there.

Can Parker take advantage in the remaining rounds?

23:40
Zhang v Parker - Round 8

A second knockdown for Big Bang Zhang!

The action heats up again in the eighth as a seemingly inconspicuous punch from Zhang sees Parker crumple to the canvas.

Another 10-8 round for Zhang which could put him in a strong position on the scorecards as we approach the latter stages of this contest.

23:35
Zhang v Parker - Round 7

More volume from Zhang in the seventh round but nothing which truly got through, as Parker stays on the outside and looks to box.

For a fight which was so hotly-anticipated it's not been a thrilling affair so far, with a sluggish Zhang struggling to connect against a fighter in Parker who seems keen to drag the contest to the latter rounds.

Let's hope things pick up again in the eighth.

23:31
Zhang v Parker - Round 6

Speed could prove the decisive factor in this fight, with Parker looking nimble on his feet and Zhang contrastingly flat-footed.

A strong sixth round for Parker with his all-round boxing ability allowing him to get the better of Zhang, with the Chinese man mountain starting to breath heavier.

Parker has turned the tide impressively since being dropped in the third.

23:27
Zhang v Parker - Round 5

If this fight looked close to being over after Zhang dropped Parker in the third round, it certainly doesn't look that way now with the former WBO champion having bounced back admirably.

An encouraging round for Parker with his feints and footwork stopping Zhang in his tracks.

Zhang is always dangerous with the devastating power in his hands, but the longer this fight goes on the more you have to favour Parker.

23:25
Zhang v Parker - Round 4

Zhang begins the fourth round by putting the Parker chin under further pressure, but the New Zealander was able to hang in there impressively to enjoy success of his own as the round wore on.

The knockdown from Zhang in the third round has seen this contest catch fire, with the slow, cagey early exchanges having transformed into full-blooded ferocious punching.

A brawl on the inside surely favours Zhang, but Parker did hurt the Olympic silver medallist in that fourth round.

What a compelling contest.

23:20
Zhang v Parker - Round 3

Joseph Parker feels the brunt of Chinese power as the New Zealander is sent to the canvas with a short left hand.

Parker was on unsteady legs for the remainder of the round as Zhang looked to close the show, but managed to ride out the storm.

How will the former world champion bounce back in the fourth?

23:15
Zhang v Parker - Round 2

This looks very much a puncher v boxer matchup as Zhang looks for openings to unload and Parker aims to thwart him in his tracks using slick head movement and crafty footwork.

A fairly slow tempo thus far with Parker appearing mindful of the power Zhang possesses.

The New Zealander is perhaps playing the long game in there, biding his time and forcing Zhang to take the fight to him, knowing that he has the athleticism and endurance to last the course.

23:10
Zhang v Parker - Round 1

What a matchup this is...

'Big Bang' Zhang looks huge in there as he takes centre ring against New Zealander Joseph Parker, who spent the majority of the round moving in and out of range smartly.

Although clearly packing a lot of power, Zhang doesn't look very quick on his feet and this is something Parker will have to exploit if he is to be successful in this fight.

Not a great deal of action in the opening round as the pair feel each other out.

22:43
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22:40
Rob Tebbutt's Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker tips

Tebbutt's Tips

Joseph Parker to win by Decision/Technical Decision - 3/1

Now this is a fight between two of the most in-form fighters in the heavyweight division, squaring off for a crack at the WBO title at some point this year.

Zhilei Zhang is a sizeable favourite on the back of his superb stoppage wins over Joe Joyce last year, but Joseph Parker is coming off that brilliant, upset, victory over Deontay Wilder in December.

There is a little bit of value on parker winning the fight at 7/4, but I actually like the sound of the 3/1 price on offer for the New Zealander to maintain his hot-streak with a points victory.

I feel that whilst Zhang will be dangerous early on, if Parker can navigate that period, then there will be rounds to be won for him during the second half of the fight.

It's well documented that the Chinese fighter does have issues the later a fight goes, and, for me, Parker is shrewd and intelligent enough to weather that possible early storm and go on to win this fight via Decision / Technical Decision.

22:38
Up next...

Parker

Up next is the hotly-anticipated heavyweight showdown between China's Zhilei Zhang and New Zealand's Joseph Parker.

'Big Bang' Zhang heads into this fight off the back of two destructive stoppage victories against Briton Joe Joyce, whilst Parker himself pulled off a sensational win over the much-feared Deontay Wilder in his last outing.

This should be a gripping fight between the heavy-handed Zhang and the slick Parker as the pair strive to put themselves in contention for a world title shot.

Zhang is priced as the 8/15 favourite to win the fight, with Parker the 6/4 underdog.

22:33
Vargas v Ball declared a Draw

Controversy in Riyadh as the the fight is ruled a Split Decision Draw on the judges' scorecards.

A disappointing decision for the valiant Nick Ball as the WBC belt stays with Rey Vargas.

The 'Wrecking' Ball must feel he did enough to get his hand raised after knocking down his opponent twice, but it wasn't to be on the night.

The 27-year-old remains unbeaten, but he would much rather be heading home a world champion.

22:29
Vargas v Ball - Round 12

A more even final round but Ball remained the aggressor seeking to take the fight to the champion.

A tremendous 12 rounds of action in Riyadh, but how have the judges seen it?

For me the two knockdowns for Ball should see the WBC strap head back to Liverpool.

We await the final verdict...

22:24
Vargas v Ball - Round 11

A second knockdown for Ball!

Relentless pressure from the challenger pays off as he rocks Vargas to the canvas for the second time in the fight.

To use a football analogy, it's been very much a fight of two halves as Ball grows stronger and stronger.

Could that knockdown have swung the scores in his favour?

22:19
Vargas v Ball - Round 10

Nick Ball just does not go away.

It's turned into a real barnburner as the pair go to war in the Saudi Kingdom, with Ball's relentless pressure met with some bruising body punches from Vargas.

Ball looks bullish as chases the retreating Vargas all over the ring.

Can the 'Wrecking' Ball find a knockout punch as this fight hurtles towards its conclusion?

22:14
Vargas v Ball - Round 9

The momentum is well and truly with Ball now, with Vargas having been clearly rattled by his opponent's aggression and intensity.

Having been able to cast a composed figure in the first half of the fight, Vargas is all of a sudden looking flustered in there.

The Mexican did land a couple of clean right hands in the ninth though, and he remains a live threat in this bout.

22:11
Vargas v Ball - Round 8

The eighth round ends with what appeared a contentious knockdown for Ball, but the referee did give Vargas a standing count which means a 10-8 round for the Scouser.

That could make things very interesting if this fight goes to the scorecards...

22:08
Vargas v Ball - Round 7

The fight comes alive!

Finally Nick Ball is able to find a way through as the Scouser nails Vargas with some big right hands to have the Mexican in real trouble on more than one occasion in a gruelling round for the reigning WBC champ.

If there were doubts regarding Ball's ability to hurt Vargas, these have well and truly been extinguished now.

22:03
Vargas v Ball - Round 6

A feisty round as the action is stopped following a low shot from Vargas, prompting Ball to continue to dive in and launch flurries of punches.

It's all been a bit desperate from Ball this far as Vargas uses smart footwork to keep his rival at bay, but the Scouser is as game as ever.

Ball is not going to go down without a proper scrap it seems.

21:58
Vargas v Ball - Round 5

Another good round for Vargas who is having notable joy hitting Ball to the body.

Ball is relentless in his pressing but he just can't find a way through the guard of his considerably taller opponent.

The Liverpudlian will need to change things up if he is to prevent this fight from getting away from him.

How he does so against a man eight inches taller than him is a difficult problem to solve.

21:54
Vargas v Ball - Round 4

It's not been the prettiest fight on the eye so far, perhaps understandably given the discrepancy in height between the two fighters.

Ball seems to be rushing his work as he desperately seeks to get on the inside, with Vargas comparatively looking comfortable boxing off his back foot.

Ball's athleticism and power look there, he just isn't able to find the target as much as he'd like.

21:51
Vargas v Ball - Round 3

A bizarre exchange at the beginning of the round sees Ball drag Vargas to the floor in almost WWE-like fashion.

The distance between the two does seem to have closed, with Ball swarming all over Vargas as he attempts to gain a foothold in the fight.

Vargas' jab remains the key weapon in the bout thus far, with the Mexican looking every inch a two-weight world champion up until this point.

21:47
Vargas v Ball - Round 2

This really is going to be a tough ask for Ball against a man of Vargas' size, with the Mexican using his size to his advantage so far.

The Scouser looks eager to explode into distance and rough up Vargas and has got close a couple of times, but at the moment the Mexican is managing to keep Ball at the end of his jab thanks to the length of his gangly arms.

Best believe Ball will keep on coming.

21:43
Vargas v Ball - Round 1

Seldom will you see a bigger height difference in a world title fight, as 5ft 10ins Mexican Vargas gets into it with 5ft 2ins Liverpudlian Ball.

The Mexican gets the better of the opening round, enjoying notable success to the body, with the 'Wrecking' Ball struggling to close the sizeable distance between the pair.

This has the makings of a fascinating contest.

21:17
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21:15
Rob Tebbutt's Rey Vargas v Nick Ball tips

Tebbutt's Tips

A cracking addition to the AJ v Francis Ngannou card on Friday night as Liverpool's Nick Ball challenges for the WBC featherweight title against Mexico's Rey Vargas.

There is a lot to like about Ball, who had a superb win over Isaac Dogboe last time out, but Vargas will present an entirely different challenge to him with his tall and gangly fighting style.

He's a very classical fighter who likes to keep things on the outside, and I feel he will match up well against the small, dynamic and hard-hitting Liverpudlian.

Ball is actually the favourite in this fight, but I feel the value lies with the defending champion prevailing on points (By Decision or Technical Decision) at 12/5.

21:13
Up next...

Vargas

Coming up is another world title fight as Mexico's Rey Vargas faces off against Liverpool's Nick Ball.

With eight inches in height difference between this pair - with Vargas 5ft 10ins and Ball just 5ft 2ins - we could be in for an intriguing match up next in Riyadh.

Vargas is a two-weight world champion but lost his last fight for the super-featherweight strap against American O'Shaquie Foster, whilst Ball comes into this bout off the back of an impressive victory over Isaac Dogboe in November.

This really is a fight not to be missed.

21:10
Madrimov wins by stoppage!

Wow!

Just when Kubranov started to look like he was growing into the fight, Madrimov pieces him up to secure a stoppage win!

Some sublime boxing from the Uzbekistani, who broke Kubranov down with some slick combinations before sticking it on the Dagestani fighter on the ropes.

A deadly right hand appeared the killer blow as the referee eventually stepped in to wave off the fight.

Israil Madrimov becomes the WBA super-welterweight champion in style!

21:05
Madrimov v Kurbanov - Round 4

The pattern of Madrimov hunting Kurbanov down from the centre of the ring continues, but the Dagestani did manage to find the target more often in the fourth.

A difficult round to score, with Kurbanov perhaps nicking it with a strong finish.

21:00
Madrimov v Kurbanov - Round 3

It's been a mastery in footwork from Madrimov so far as he keeps Kurbanov guessing with his swift movement and ring generalship.

Kurbanov is a solid unit though, and although he's being clearly outboxed in there he remains a live threat.

A closer third round but Madrimov the protagonist.

20:56
Madrimov v Kurbanov - Round 2

Madrimov is an exceptionally skilful fighter, with his right hand causing Kurbanov trouble early on.

The Uzbekistan national is relentless in there, and Kurbanov as of yet has been unable to hit his rival with any clean shots to push his opponent back.

That's 2-0 to Madrimov in my book.

20:50
Madrimov v Kurbanov - Round 1

Madrimov takes the centre of the ring straight away and attempts to put his Dagestani rival on the back foot.

Not a great deal of action as the world title contenders look to work each other out, but compelling viewing nonetheless.

Uzbekistani Madrimov ended the round with two sharp right hands which should be enough to see him go up on the scorecards early doors.

20:20
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20:15
Israil Madrimov v Magomed Kurbanov up next

Up next on the Knockout Chaos card in Riyadh is the not so little matter of a super-welterweight world title fight between Israil Madrimov and Magomed Kurbanov.

Uzbekistan national Madrimov enters the bout as the 1/5 favourite against a fellow undefeated fighter in Russian Kurbanov (7/2).

20:05
Chamberlain wins by stoppage!

After another one-sided round the referee is forced to call a stoppage to the fight and Mark Chamberlain prevails!

A sensational performance from the pride of Portsmouth who was far too fast and slick for Gwynne in there.

It's little wonder Turki Alalshikh has liked what he has seen from Chamberlain based off that showing.

A mesmeric showing from the English lightweight.

20:05
Chamberlain v Gwynne - Round 3

The doctor was called to take a look at the swelling around Gwynne's right eye prior to round 3 which will be of concern to the Welshman's team, but the fight is still ongoing... for now.

It's been a masterclass in hand speed from Chamberlain in the Saudi Kingdom, with the 25-year-old prospect peppering Gwynne with accurate, crisp punches from close range.

There's conspicuous power in the shots, too, with Gwynne as of yet unable to fire back with anything of real note.

20:00
Chamberlain v Gwynne - Round 2

Chamberlain, who has drawn public admiration from event organiser Turki Alalshikh, is making a real statement out there so far.

The Portsmouth fighter is setting a rapid tempo from the centre of the ring, enjoying particular success with his laser left hand.

Gwynne is as tough as old boots, however, and won't go away easily.

19:55
Chamberlain v Gwynne - Round 1

A fast start to proceedings as the lightweight rivals get up close and personal straight away, with plenty of action on the inside.

Chamberlain has started like a train in there, unleashing a number of lightning combinations to put his Welsh adversary on the back foot.

A nasty gash has already opened up above Gwynne's right eye.

This could be a tough night for the Welshman...

19:45
Chamberlain v Gwynne Latest Odds

Mark Chamberlain:

By KO, TKO or DQ - 8/5
By Decision or Technical Decision - 13/10

Gavin Gwynne:

By KO, TKO or DQ - 9/1
By Decision or Technical Decision - 6/1

Draw or Technical Draw - 14/1

19:30
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19:15
Rob Tebbutt's Mark Chamberlain v Gavin Gwynne tips

Mark Chamberlain to win by KO - 6/4

Now this is a fight in which I really like the youth and freshness of Mark Chamberlain, who, despite not always looking the prettiest with his work, is very effective.

Gavin Gwynne is a very capable operator, has boxed at a good level on the domestic scene, but did look a little cumbersome in his last fight, and I expect Chamberlain to get to his man at some point on Friday night.

He has a very heavy-handed southpaw style, and I like the look of the 6/4 on offer for him to extend his unbeaten record by KO or stoppage.

19:10
Up next...

Chamberlain

We join tonight's Knockout Chaos undercard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ahead of an intriguing British domestic dust up between Portsmouth's Mark Chamberlain and Wales' Gavin Gwynne.

IBF European champion Chamberlain (1/4) is undefeated in his professional career with a record of 14-0, with 10 of his victories coming by way of knockout.

Chamberlain's heavy handed style has reportedly made him a favourite of Saudi boxing kingpin Turki Alalshikh, but the 25-year-old will likely have his work cut out against Gwynne (3/1) tonight.

Welshman Gwynne is a streetwise operator who has boxed at a good level for a number of years now, with only two defeats on his professional record against Joe Cordina and James Tennyson.

This should be a cracking domestic showdown to get juices flowing for a terrific night of boxing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

18:15 - Joshua v Ngannou Super Boost LIVE


Welcome to Joshua v Ngannou Fight Night LIVE

Hello and welcome to the bet365 Sports & betting News site for live betting updates throughout the full Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou televised fight card on Friday night.

AJ makes his hotly-anticipated in-ring return against the hard-hitting, and dangerous, former UFC heavyweight king, Ngannou, with the Cameroonian desperate to prove his impressive showing against Tyson Fury wasn't just a one-off.

In truth, it's a no-win fight for AJ, and one that he didn't need to take.

Victory and he will likely be on the cusp of a crack at becoming a three-time heavyweight champion of the world, but a shock defeat would leave his career, potentially, in tatters.

It promises to be an enthralling headline act on a night that should produce fireworks right from the offset.

Zhilei Zhang and Joseph Parker provide chief-support to the main event, with arguably the two most in-form heavyweights on the planet squaring off in an intriguing showdown in the blue-riband division.

Will 'Big Bang' live up to his name, or will former WBO strap holder Parker back-up his sensational display against Deontay Wilder last time out with another polished showing to see off Joe Joyce's conqueror?

We also see Nick 'Cannon' Ball handed his first world title opportunity as he gets set to tackle the tall and talented Rey Vargas with the Mexican's WBC featherweight strap on the line, whilst Mark Chamberlain and Gavin Gwynne also feature in what should be a pulsating domestic dust-up in the lightweight division.

We've got plenty of markets, odds and bet Boosts available across all of the action, whilst all the information you need ahead of the huge Saudi event, can be found below.

We'll be live on site from around 19:00 on Friday, so we will see you then!

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Rob Tebbutt's Tips

Tebbutt

Anthony Joshua - By Decision or Technical Decision @ 15/4
Anthony Joshua - To Be Knocked Down & Win @ 7/1

So this Friday night provides us with another massive crossover event as Anthony Joshua takes on MMA star / turned professional boxer Francis Ngannou.

I think it's fair to say that a few months ago many of us would have been calling this a huge mismatch, just as many were ahead of the Tyson Fury v Ngannou fight.

Now, we all saw how that panned out with Ngannou shocking the boxing world by knocking down the world champion, before succumbing to a controversial, in some peoples opinions, split-decision defeat.

AJ rightly goes into the fight as the favourite, but how will he get the job done?

Well, personally, I'd be very impressed by him if he was able to stop Ngannou, so I will be looking at the 15/4 on offer for the two-time heavyweight champion of the world to win on points.

A little prop bet that I also like the look of is for AJ to repeat the circumstances of Fury's win over Ngannou last year, by winning the fight having been put on the canvas.

You can get 7/1 on that playing out on Friday night.

READ MORE: Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou tips, predictions & odds

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Undercard Tips

Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker Tips

Joseph Parker - By Decision or Technical Decision @ 7/2

Zhilei Zhang is a sizeable favourite on the back of his superb stoppage wins over Joe Joyce last year, but Joseph Parker is coming off that brilliant, upset, victory over Deontay Wilder in December.

There is a little bit of value on parker winning the fight at 7/4, but I actually like the sound of the 7/2 price on offer for the New Zealander to maintain his hot-streak with a points victory.

I feel that whilst Zhang will be dangerous early on, if Parker can navigate that period, then there will be rounds to be won for him during the second half of the fight.

Rey Vargas v Nick Ball Tips

Rey Vargas - By Decision or Technical Decision @ 12/5

There is a lot to like about Ball, who had a superb win over Isaac Dogboe last time out, but Vargas will present an entirely different challenge to him with his tall and gangly fighting style.

He's a very classical fighter who likes to keep things on the outside, and I feel he will match up well against the small, dynamic and hard-hitting Liverpudlian.

Ball is actually the favourite in this fight, but I feel the value lies with the defending champion prevailing on points (By Decision or Technical Decision) at 12/5.

Mark Chamberlain v Gavin Gwynne Tips

Mark Chamberlain - By KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 7/4
Mark Chamberlain - Between Rounds 7 - 12 @ 7/2

Now this is a fight in which I really like the youth and freshness of Mark Chamberlain, who, despite not always looking the prettiest with his work, is very effective.

Gavin Gwynne is a very capable operator, has boxed at a good level on the domestic scene, but did look a little cumbersome in his last fight, and I expect Chamberlain to get to his man at some point on Friday night.

He has a very heavy-handed southpaw style, and I like the look of the 7/4 on offer for him to extend his unbeaten record by KO or stoppage.

That said, I am also being drawn in by the price of 7/2 for Chamberlain to win during the second half of the fight (Rounds 7 - 12).

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Industry Predictions

Hear from some of the biggest names in boxing as Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou get set to collide in a mammoth crossover bout this evening...

Eddie Hearn
(Boxing promoter)

Anthony Joshua - To Win Fight @ 1/3

Francis Ngannou is dangerous! He scares me, he's massive!

But I still stand my belief that AJ (Anthony Joshua) boasts all of the ability and fundamentals to beat Francis Ngannou, but this is a very dangerous fight.

He is very strong, he is very hard and has no fear. It's a case of getting the win, breathing a sigh of relief and then moving on to become undisputed heavyweight world champion.

Viddal Riley 
(Cruiserweight contender) 

Anthony Joshua - Rounds 5 - 6 @ 5/1

I am predicting AJ (Anthony Joshua) to stop Francis Ngannou before the eighth round.

In fact, I am going for a stoppage win in either the fifth, sixth or maybe seventh round.

Peter Fury
(Boxing trainer) 

Francis Ngannou - To Win Fight @ 12/5

This is a tough one to call - Francis Ngannou is a nice, big powerful unit. Let's see how well he can hold a shot, because he hasn't really been tested yet.

You can be big, you can have as much power as you want, but how much can you take? We will soon find out.

We all know how the fight is supposed to pan out, but we all know that things can go wrong and upsets in boxing do happen, so let's see.

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Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Tale of the Tape

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou as AJ bids to maintain his charge towards a third world title against the former UFC heavyweight king.

 

Anthony Joshua

Francis Ngannou

Odds:

3/10

5/2

Age:

34

37

Nickname:    

'AJ'

'The Predator'

Height:

6ft 6ins

6ft 4ins

Reach:

82ins

83ins

Weight:

252.4lbs

272.6lbs

Trainer:

Ben Davison

Dewey Cooper

Record:

27-3 (16 KOs)

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Last Fight:

Won - (RTD) v Otto Wallin (December 2023)

Lost - (UD) v Tyson Fury (October 2023)

When Francis Ngannou became UFC heavyweight champion in March 2021 it would have taken a brave individual to predict that two years later, he would be fighting Anthony Joshua.

On Friday 8th March in Saudi Arabia Ngannou will do just that; swapping the octagon once again for the squared circle in back-to-back fights.

Joshua will look to do what his bitter rival Tyson Fury could not and knock out the Cameroonian.

Ngannou’s unexpected success in that fight and the fallout from his defeat afterwards paved the way for another shot at one of the biggest names in the heavyweight division.

Another dual in the desert awaits boxing fans but who will be the last man standing? 

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Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - All You Need To Know

Everything you need to know as Anthony Joshua gets set for his in-ring return against UFC heavyweight king Francis Ngannou in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, later tonight...


Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Date and Time

The bout will taker place on Friday 8th March, 2024, and will be in the heavyweight division over ten rounds.

The bout is scheduled to get underway at around 23:20 (GMT) although this is dependent on the length of the undercard fights.

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Ring walk times

If the proposed 23:20 (GMT) fight time is stuck to, then we can expect the fighters to start their ring walks at around 23:00 (GMT), however this is entirely dependent on the length of the undercard bouts.

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Venue

The heavyweight contest will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the Kingdom Arena - the same venue that is also hosting the undisputed heavyweight world title showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in May.

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - TV details & How to Watch

The bout will be shown live on both Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN after an agreement was made for both platforms to broadcast the mega fight.

DAZN is a subscription only service, meaning subscribers will take in the fight as part of their monthly agreement, whilst Sky have yet to announce the cost of the one-off fee for the bout.

It's expected to be either £19.95 or £24.95 - in-line with other recent Box Office events.

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Full Undercard

  • Zhilei Zhang v Joseph Parker (WBO 'Interim' heavyweight title)
  • Rey Vargas v Nick Ball (WBC featherweight title)
  • Israil Madrimov v Magomed Kurbanov (WBA super-welterweight title)
  • Mark Chamberlain v Gavin Gwynne (Lightweight bout)
  • Justis Huni v Kevin Lerena (Heavyweight bout)
  • Jack McGann v Louis Greene (Super-welterweight bout)
  • Ziyad Almaayouf v Christian Lopez Flores (Super-lightweight bout)
  • Roman Fury v Martin Svarc (Cruiserweight bout)
  • Andrii Novytskyi v Juan Torres (Heavyweight bout)

READ MORE: Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou: Fight date, ring walk times, undercard, profiles, odds, TV details & how to watch

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