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Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou: Fight date, time, profiles, odds & how to watch

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, on Friday 8th March.

Joshua went undefeated in 2023 after losing his belts to Oleksandr Usyk the previous year and now takes on an interesting opponent in the former MMA star who knocked down Tyson Fury on his professional boxing debut in October.

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Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - All You Need To Know

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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.

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Venue

The heavyweight contest will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the Kingdom Arena, which is also hosting the fight between Fury and Usyk in May.

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - 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 - What's been said

Anthony Joshua: "Every fight leads to somewhere, so this fight is my everything; my soul, my spirit, my mind, my body.

"We’ll see where it leads me, right now, I’m not thinking about any championship belts, or anything. My main focus is Francis, realistically, it’s getting through an intense, focused training camp, because how I train is how I fight.

"If I get victory in my training camp I am sure I get victory on the night. We’ll put the belts on hold because my focus is on getting through training camp and getting to the fight successfully."

Francis Ngannou: "I don’t take my last fight as a reference, I know exactly where I am at, I’m going to get better and better and that’s how I see things.

"I’m preparing for a tough fight, the Fury fight was great, but that’s in the past and I have a new challenge in front of me, and I take it more serious now than before because now I think there’s something more on the line, which is probably the Undisputed fight.

"So let’s see, I will do something that no-one has done before and I believe I have the tools to do that, starting with having the win over ‘AJ’ on March 8 in a big fight - not an easy fight, but a possible one and I am going to take it."

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou - Odds and favourite

Joshua is the favourite to win his first fight of 2024 at 1/6, with underdog Ngannou available at 4/1.

The Brit is 4/11 to win by KO, TKO or disqualification, with the former UFC star 11/2 to win by the same method. If the fight goes to the judges' scorecards, it is 5/1 that Joshua wins by decision or technical decision and 20/1 for Ngannou to get the verdict, while a draw or technical draw is 18/1.

Round betting is also already available, with Joshua 10/1 to win inside the first round and 9/1 to win in the second. Ngannou is 50/1 for a first-round success.

In the round group betting, a Joshua win in either the first or second round is 9/2 and the British fighter is 7/2 to win in either round three or four. Ngannou is 20/1 to win in rounds three to four and 25/1 to seal victory in rounds five or six.

It is 7/2 that the fight goes the distance and 2/11 that there will be an earlier finish.

Are there any belts on the line in Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou?

Joshua currently holds no belts, therefore no titles will be on the line in this fight.

 

Anthony Joshua Record

Joshua has a 27-3 professional record after winning the super-heavyweight gold medal for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

The 34-year-old won his first 22 fights before losing his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz in 2019. He regained those titles in a rematch with the American six months later, but suffered successive losses to Usyk in 2021 and 2022.

He got back on the comeback trail last year, beating Jermaine Franklin, Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin and is now hoping this fight will propel him back into the world championship picture.

Francis Ngannou Record

Nicknamed the Predator, Ngannou is a 37-year-old fighter from Cameroon who is a former UFC heavyweight champion.

He had a 17-3 MMA record and is now 0-1 as a professional boxer, but he made a strong impression in his debut bout against former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in October 2023. 

Ngannou knocked down Fury in the third round of the fight, which was billed as the Battle of the Baddest, and lost only on a controversial split decision after 10 rounds.

 

Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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