Joshua vs Ngannou TV channels and cost confirmed as boxing fans offered choice of streams

Anthony Joshua will box the former UFC champion in Saudi Arabia in March

Alex Pattle
Combat Sports Correspondent
Wednesday 21 February 2024 18:56 GMT
Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou face off before Saudi Arabia bout

The broadcasters and pay-per-view costs have been revealed for Anthony Joshua’s boxing match with ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou.

Joshua, 34, will fight Ngannou, 37, in Riyadh on 8 March, five months after the Cameroonian made his boxing debut in the same Saudi city.

Ngannou, who relinquished the UFC heavyweight title while leaving the promotion in early 2023, knocked down Tyson Fury in October before losing a controversial decision to the unbeaten Briton. Fury’s WBC title was not on the line in that bout.

Ngannou will soon return to Riyadh for another clash with a Briton, as he continues his boxing venture against two-time unified champion “AJ”.

It was revealed on Monday (19 February) that the fight will air live on Dazn and Sky Sports in the UK, with both broadcasters delivering the match-up on pay-per-view. New Dazn viewers can purchase the fight card and a month’s subscription for £19.99, and the event is expected to cost existing Dazn subscribers £18.99. Sky has not yet announced its pricing for the event.

Joshua last fought in December, stopping Otto Wallin in Riyadh to make it three wins from three fights in 2023 for the Olympic gold medalist. In April, AJ outpointed Jermaine Franklin, and in August, he stopped Robert Helenius.

Ngannou’s split-decision loss to Fury marked his professional debut in the sport, while he last fought in mixed martial arts in January 2022, retaining the UFC heavyweight title against ex-teammate Ciryl Gane.

Ngannou, who beat Gane via decision but is known as a knockout specialist, signed for the Professional Fighters League (PFL) after leaving the UFC. The Cameroonian is yet to debut in the PFL, though the MMA promotion’s founder and chairman Donn Davis told The Independent last week: “I’m 100 per cent confident that Francis fights MMA for PFL – not just once, but several times.”

Ngannou also serves as chairman of PFL Africa. The company is expected to launch an African league in 2025.

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