The highly anticipated boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou has been agreed upon, as reported by Ariel Helwani and now CONFIRMED by Eddie Hearn. This colossal encounter is expected to take place under boxing rules and is tentatively scheduled for March 9th, with the venue set in Saudi Arabia. The bout is arranged for 10 rounds, bringing together two powerhouse fighters from different combat sports backgrounds.
Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou Set for March 9th
Francis Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, impressed sports fans with his boxing debut against Tyson Fury. Despite losing a very close fight, Ngannou demonstrated his prowess in the ring, earning respect and attention in the boxing world. His performance has led to heightened interest in his next move, with Anthony Joshua now confirmed as his upcoming opponent
Anthony Joshua, on the other hand, has been on a rebound, winning three fights consecutively after suffering defeats to Oleksandr Usyk. Initially, Joshua dismissed a fight against Ngannou as a ‘gimmick’, but the stance of his promoter, Eddie Hearn, shifted after Ngannou’s performance against Fury. Hearn, who has been managing Joshua’s career since his turn professional after the London 2012 Olympics, sees the potential fight as one of the biggest crossover fights of all time.
Ariel Helwani reports that this information comes directly from Turki Alalshikh who was quick to repost the announcement video from Ariel on X with an emoji of a man ‘shrugging’.
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