Joshua,  former two-time heavyweight champion is currently preparing for his fight against Ngannou on March 8 in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua Vs Ngannou
Joshua Vs Ngannou

Anthony Joshua’s Fight Against Francis Ngannou

AJ delivered a stellar performance to halt the Swede in Saudi Arabia just before Christmas, securing three consecutive victories since suffering successive defeats against Oleksandr Usyk.

If Joshua defeated Joseph Parker, the plan was for him to face Deontay Wilder. However, the American’s loss via unanimous decision disrupted those plans. Nevertheless, Joshua has an upcoming fight very soon.

AJ’s Next Fight: Is His Next Opponent Confirmed?

Joshua’s next bout has been confirmed.

Joshua and Wilder were suspected to emerge victorious in their individual fights, paving the way for a monumental event in March 2024 between the two former world champions. However, after Wilder’s loss, those plans have been dashed.

Instead, a match with former UFC champion, Francis Ngannou has been arranged.

The formidable Cameroonian has participated in only one professional boxing match against Tyson Fury. In that bout, he managed to knock down the undefeated heavyweight before ultimately losing via split decision.

Ngannou was anticipated to face a tough challenge from Fury, but he surprised the world and, in the eyes of many, emerged as the victor in the fight.

AJ’s Next Fight: When Will it Happen?

On Friday, March 8, Joshua is scheduled to fight Ngannou in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The ten-round heavyweight clash is designated to unfold at the Kingdom Arena.

The event was rescheduled to the preceding day due to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, although initially planned for Saturday.

While the exact timings for the match will be disclosed later, the undercard action is anticipated to commence at 6 pm, with the main event, ringwalks, expected around 10:30 pm UK time.

AJ’s Next Fight: What’s Been Said?

AJ is openly supporting Fury to defeat Oleksandr Usyk, hoping to set the stage for an all-British blockbuster for the fans.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Monday, Joshua expressed his thoughts on the upcoming fight, stating, “It’s going to be a good fight. I think Usyk edges it. I’m not really bothered. I just want them both to be healthy and leave the ring. It’s a tough game. So that’s all I can ask for, that they leave the ring healthy.”

Indifferent to the outcome’s impact on his life, Joshua remarked, “In terms of how it goes, it doesn’t affect my life, in a way. I’m not like one of those fans that starts crying because someone won or lost. It is what it is. Tomorrow comes around. Good luck to both of them.”

When discussing his preference for the next opponent, Joshua added, “Probably the opportunity to fight Tyson Fury. I think that’s a better fight for the fans and myself.”

However, Simon Jordan isn’t too happy with Joshua’s decision to face Ngannou.

He said during an interview: “I have the same disdain for the fight.

“I understand the genesis for it. I understand the reasons why. This is what Saudi wants. If Saudi is going to be the new financial capital of boxing, then this is what it looks like.

“They think that MMA fighters that have had one fight [and] been ridiculously ranked as #10 in the WBC rankings, is now a viable way for boxing to generate interest.

“I think it’s sad. I understand why Anthony Joshua is taking the fight and why Tyson Fury took the fight. Because the economics are so significant that you take these fights.”

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