Joshua to face ex-UFC fighter Ngannou in Saudi Arabia

Joshua to face ex-UFC fighter Ngannou in Saudi Arabia

By Alipate Narawa
Saturday 06/01/2024
Source: ESPN

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that former WBO, IBF and WBO champion, Anthony Joshua, will now fight former UFC Heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

Ngannou lost to Tyson Fury on his professional boxing debut in October.

Joshua was set to face Deontay Wilder after beating Otto Wallin, but the American's loss to Joseph Parker scuppered plans for their big showdown.

Hearn posted on X that it's a done deal, adding that Joshua and Ngannou will collide on a huge night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia."

A March 9th date has been mentioned, but Hearn says a press conference would be held in London on 15 January with more details about the fight "dropping soon".

Cameroon-born Ngannou, 37, was ranked the number 10 heavyweight by the WBC after he almost stunned WBC heavyweight champion Fury, losing on a controversial split decision in their Saudi Arabia contest.

Meanwhile, Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will fight to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since 1999 when they finally clash on 17 February in Saudi Arabia.

Fury is the WBC champion, while Ukraine's Usyk holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts.

 Source: BBC

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