Joshua vs Ngannou Undercard CONFIRMED: Zhilei Zhang Meets Joseph Parker In Explosive March 8 Co-Feature

Joshua vs Ngannou Undercard CONFIRMED: Zhang Meets Parker In Explosive Co-Feature

  • Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou clash in Huge March 8 Fight
  • The Crossover Heavyweight bout takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Joseph Parker vs Zhilei Zhang Set ForJoshua vs Ngannou Undercard

British Heavyweight star Anthony Joshua takes on the former UFC champion Francis Ngannou on Friday, March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia live on pay-per-view.

34-year-old Joshua (27-3, 24 KOs) stopped Otto Wallin in five rounds at the end of a very active 2023 which also involved a decision win over Jermaine Franklin and a 7th-round KO of Robert Helenius.

37-year-old Ngannou (0-1) pushed Tyson Fury to the max in October, losing a close and controversial split decision in his boxing debut.

The winner of Joshua vs Ngannou is likely to meet the winner of the Feb 17 Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk fight at some point in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua vs Ngannou Undercard

Chinese southpaw Zhilei Zhang (26-1-1, 21 KOs) and New Zealand’s former champion Joseph Parker (34-3, 23 KOs) clash in an explosive Heavyweight co-feature.

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Zhang recorded back-to-back stoppage wins over Joe Joyce in 2023 whilst Parker pulled off a huge upset over Deontay Wilder in his fourth outing of last year.

Zhang vs Parker is one of the best fights that can be made in boxing’s glamour division and fight fans will be thrilled to see it take place on the Joshua vs Ngannou undercard.

Mexico’s Rey Vargas (36-1, 22 KOs) defends his WBC Featherweight title against Liverpool’s mandatory challenger Nick Ball (19-0, 11 KOs).

In November last year, Ball beat domestic rival Isaac Dogboe in a WBC final eliminator as part of the Queensberry Magnificent 7 card.

In another world title attraction, undefeated Matchroom Uzbek star Israil Madrimov (9-0, 6 KOs) battles Magomed Kurbanov (25-0, 13 KOs) for the WBA super welterweight title.

Kurbanov has come on the right side of numerous close decisions including his May 2021 win over Liam Smith and his heavily controversial victory over Michel Soro.

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Madrimov has been waiting for his world title chance ever since he stopped Soro when they met in Uzbekistan in December 2021.

European lightweight champion Gavin Gwynne (17-2-1, 5 KOs) meets the undefeated prospect Mark Chamberlain (14-0, 10 KOs).

Australia’s Heavyweight prospect Justis Huni (8-0, 4 KOs) will have his second fight under Matchroom after his decision win over Andrew Tabiti in Mexico.

Huni takes on the former IBO champion, South Africa’s Kevin Lerena (30-2, 14 KOs) in an intriguing ten-round Heavyweight bout.

Jack McGann (9-0-1, 6 KOs), Roman Fury (3-O, 1 KO) and Ziyad Almaayouf (4-0, 1 KO) will all see action.

By Darshan Desai

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