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Anthony Joshua stuns with second-round knockout of Francis Ngannou in Riyadh

Posted : 09 March 2024

Anthony Joshua delivered a stunning knockout to Francis Ngannou in the second round of their heavyweight clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Joshua, 34, dominated the fight, scoring a knockdown in the opening round and producing another in the second round.


Ngannou struggled to recover from the blows, and after Joshua's final decisive right-hand punch, the former UFC heavyweight champion fell to the canvas. The victory showcased Joshua's resurgence and confidence, marking his return to the aggressive fighting style that had been questioned after earlier losses.


Despite the knockout loss, Ngannou, who previously faced Tyson Fury, expressed gratitude for the support on social media, acknowledging the challenging day in the ring. Joshua praised Ngannou as an inspiration and a great champion, emphasizing that the defeat didn't diminish Ngannou's abilities.


The bout with Joshua was Ngannou's second foray into professional boxing after an impressive debut against Fury. Ngannou, a UFC heavyweight champion, had parted ways with the organization and signed with PFL but hadn't competed in MMA since January 2022.


Anthony Joshua's victory over Ngannou bolsters his standing in the heavyweight division, and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, anticipates a future clash with Tyson Fury.


The boxing world awaits Fury's matches with Oleksandr Usyk, scheduled for May 18 in Riyadh, to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion. If Fury prevails, a potential showdown with Joshua, who has regained confidence and momentum, could materialize, sparking excitement in the heavyweight landscape.


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