Eddie Hearn made the thrilling announcement that Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou would square off in a heavyweight boxing bout, their showdown will occur in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, March 8.
While no titles will be at stake, this fight offers both fighters the opportunity to earn more money and gives Joshua the chance to maintain momentum following two losses to Oleksandr Usyk.
After defeating Otto Wallin decisively to end 2023 on a high note, Joshua now confronts an opponent who might be a challenging challenge.
Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou date, start time
Date: 8th March 2024
Televised: DAZN and TNT Sports Box Office
Broadcast details have not been announced at the time of writing.
Joshua vs Ngannou Preview
Joshua was supposed to face Deontay Wilder in the spring, but that fight was ruined when the American fell short against dependable, underappreciated heavyweight Joseph Parker right before Christmas.
Ngannou, an MMA fighter by trade, performed admirably against Tyson Fury in October, but if Joshua wants to return to the top of the division, he needs to defeat opponents like Ngannou with elegance.
By the time Joshua and Ngannou fight the world will know the conclusion of Fury and Usyk’s bout in February with Eddie Hearn and Joshua keen to suggest that Joshua gets a crack at the winner.
Ngannou, who made a sensational debut against Tyson Fury in October of last year, will be facing Joshua in just his second professional boxing match. In a highly studied decision, Ngannou stunned the live boxing tonight world by stopping Fury and only losing by a single point.
Who is Joshua vs Ngannou?
At FanDuel Sportsbook Ngannou is a significant underdog with +470 odds for this fight while Joshua is a -550 favourite.
Oddsmakers however now regard Ngannou highly after his impressive performance against Fury. After Joseph Parker defeated Deontay Wilder in December, Joshua’s original plan to face the adversary in March was shelved.
Joshua is anticipated to endorse the Ngannou bout at a press conference that is set for January 15 in London. Joshua and Ngannou are likely to be quite respectful of one another.
When is Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou UK time
Joshua and Ngannou square up in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, on Friday March 8. It is most likely going to take place at the Kingdom Arena which was the site of Joshua vs Wallin and Ngannou vs Fury.
The Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou ring walks are scheduled to begin at 10.30 p.m. on Friday, which is 1.30 a.m. local time on Saturday in Saudi Arabia.
How can I watch it in the UK?
The battle will undoubtedly be available on pay-per-view, most likely for a price greater than £20. Details regarding the match’s broadcast have not been disclosed.
Anthony Joshua record and bio
Date of birth: October 15, 1989
Height: 6′ 6″
Total fights: 30
Record: 27-3 (24 KOs)
Francis Ngannou record and bio
Date of birth: September 5, 1986
Height: 6′ 4″
Total fights: 1
Joshua vs Ngannou fight card
- Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou; Heavyweight