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Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou tips & predictions from Eddie Hearn, Zhilei Zhang, Viddal Riley & more

Hear from some of the biggest names in boxing as Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou get set to collide in a mammoth crossover bout in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday night.

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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.

Zhilei Zhang
(Heavyweight contender)

Anthony Joshua - To Win Fight @ 1/3

I know why everybody maybe thinks that Anthony Joshua will win this fight pretty easily because he has all of the experience, the skill and the boxing advantage.

But Francis Ngannou has a solid chin and he can punch, which means he is capable of winning any fight.

I really hope that Anthony Joshua is able to win though.

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.

Joe Gallagher
(Boxing trainer)

Francis Ngannou - To Score a Knockdown @ 2/1

It's a big risk for Anthony Joshua - can Francis Ngannou do to Anthony what he did to Tyson Fury?

For Ngannou, his second fight, taking on a two-time heavyweight world champion, so what a story this is for him. We have got a heavyweight who has had one fight and lost, but is getting an opportunity of this magnitude.

Jamie Moore
(Boxing trainer) 

Anthony Joshua - To Win Fight @ 1/3

I can't see the upset, but we never envisaged seeing Tyson Fury put on his backside.

On paper, you'd have thought that Tyson would have been more evasive than Anthony Joshua, but the last fight we saw from AJ, it was as good as we have seen him for a long, long time.

I am just praying that we don't see any slip-ups because if he can get through this, and Tyson beats Oleksandr Usyk, then we could finally see the fight that we have all been longing for.

David Adeleye
(Heavyweight contender) 

Anthony Joshua - By KO, TKO or Disqualification @ 4/6

Anthony Joshua stops him!

Boxing and UFC are different, it's like tennis and table tennis - similar, but they are entirely different games.

I know Francis Ngannou is a good MMA fighter, and he can take kicks and elbows to the head, but boxing is different, especially when somebody keeps pummelling you with shots.

Dave Coldwell
(Boxing trainer)

Anthony Joshua - By Decision or Technical Decision @ 7/2

This is a great fight, but it shouldn't be because this is only Francis Ngannou's second professional fight!

But you have got to go on his pro debut, the level he fought at, the man he fought against, and looked so good against, you now have to say that he is a threat to Anthony Joshua.

I'm not saying that Anthony Joshua can't beat him... he should beat him, but Francis Ngannou is a mountain of a man, and I don't know if he can be knocked down by one big shot.

If he can't then AJ is going to have to hold his feet and let off combinations, but if he does that then Ngannou could land that monster shot that sent Tyson Fury to the canvas.

Yes it would be a massive shock in the boxing landscape if Ngannou was to win this, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was to win because we have already seen what he is capable of in the fight with Fury.

This is a no-win fight for Joshua, apart from the financial rewards that come with it.

Jamel Herring
(Former world champion)

Fight to Go the Distance - No @ 2/7

I don't think we are going to see the final bell - respect to both of these because this is a big fight.

Anthony Joshua has been to the top and he wants to get back there, but Francis Ngannou wants to make a huge statement.

As we saw last time, Ngannou has the power to put anybody on the planet down.

Kalle Sauerland
(Boxing promoter)

Anthony Joshua - To Win Fight @ 1/3

We all know how this should go, but Francis Ngannou put Tyson Fury on his backside, so why can't he do the same to Anthony Joshua?

My heart and head say AJ will win the fight, but I just don't know!

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