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Joshua vs Ngannou LIVE: Boxing result, highlights and fight reaction after crushing knockout last night

Follow the latest reaction and news after Anthony Joshua’s thrilling display against ex-UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia

Alex Pattle
Combat Sports Correspondent
,Jack Rathborn,Michael Jones
Saturday 09 March 2024 14:45 GMT
Anthony Joshua looking to build on knockout win over Francis Ngannou

Anthony Joshua produced one of the finest performances of his career in a devastating knockout of Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

Joshua, a former two-time unified heavyweight champion, took a step closer to a blockbuster undisputed fight against Tyson Fury with a superior performance to his rival, who was made to work by the Cameroonian on his debut last October.

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Joshua dropped the former UFC champion twice before a crushing third knockdown pinned Ngannou to the canvas in an emphatic stoppage. Afterwards Ngannou hailed Joshua’s knockout power.

The 34-year-old confirmed he is now in line to face the winner of Fury against Oleksandr Usyk, who beat ‘AJ’ twice previously. Follow the latest reaction and relive all the action from Knockout Chaos below:


Francis Ngannou reacts after crushing loss to Anthony Joshua

Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 05:00

Anthony Joshua claims he should be WBC world heavyweight champion

Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 04:00

Anthony Joshua next fight: Who will AJ face after Francis Ngannou knockout?

Anthony Joshua dispatched Francis Ngannou with a devastating knockout in Saudi Arabia to boost his pursuit of becoming a three-time heavyweight world champion.

Joshua dispatched the Cameroonian quickly and looked superior to Tyson Fury in the process, with the WBC heavyweight champion taken to points by the former UFC heavyweight champion last October.

Joshua’s brutal power punching provides fresh momentum to his career with coach Ben Davison helping him to rediscover his ruthless streak.

But with Fury next fighting Oleksandr Usyk, who defeated Joshua twice previously, in a bout to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion in May, Joshua’s future is uncertain.

Here, Independent Sport analyses Joshua’s options moving forward and what comes next after such a scintillating performance in Riyadh:

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Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 03:00

Anthony Joshua produces emphatic knockout of Francis Ngannou

(Getty Images)
Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 02:00

Anthony Joshua sends message to Tyson Fury with apparent gun gesture

Anthony Joshua has expressed his desire to fight Tyson Fury next, having knocked out Francis Ngannou in devastating fashion on Friday.

Ex-UFC champion Ngannou made his boxing debut in October, dropping Fury in a shocking moment before losing a controversial decision. The Cameroonian did not come close to replicating that performance against Joshua, however, suffering a brutal second-round loss.

Briton Joshua, 34, dropped Ngannou, 37, in round one and did the same twice in round two. The final knockdown proved decisive, with Ngannou out cold on the canvas in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Joshua then seemed to make a gun gesture at his preferred next target, Fury, who was sat in the front row at the Kingdom Arena.

Speaking in the ring after the win, “AJ” said: “If that was me [losing], you’d be saying, ‘Joshua should retire.’ I don’t know if I’m in my peak. I’m pushing day by day, who knows where it will take me? In five years, I won’t be fighting no more, this will be a distant memory.

Anthony Joshua sends message to Tyson Fury after Francis Ngannou knockout

Joshua knocked out Ngannou in round two, five months after the Cameroonian dropped the ‘Gypsy King’

Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 01:40

Tyson Fury provides update on Anthony Joshua fight: ‘There’s still a long way to go’

Tyson Fury has provided an update on a showdown with Anthony Joshua after his rival’s devastating knockout of Francis Ngannou.

The heavyweight world champion watched ringside in Riyadh as ‘AJ’ dispatched the former UFC champion in two dominant rounds with a crushing performance.

Ngannou was dropped heavily twice before the emphatic finish, sparking excitement over a potential meeting between the two British rivals.

Fury is in line to face Oleksandr Usyk, who beat Joshua twice previously, in an undisputed title fight in May, but Joshua reiterated his desire to meet the winner in the immediate aftermath of his latest victory.

Tyson Fury provides update on Anthony Joshua fight

Joshua knocked out Francis Ngannou in round two, five months after the Cameroonian dropped the ‘Gypsy King’ in a split decision defeat

Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 01:21

Tyson Fury provides update on Anthony Joshua fight

"There's quite a long way to go, there's always been a lot of shit getting in the way of it. I've got bigger fish to fry, 18 May, then we have a rematch in October. After that, if he's still available and I'm available, let's get it on.

“yes, it goes both ways, he can do what he wants, whoever he fights, he can’t wait a year, inactivity is no good.

“After I beat Usyk, the IBF will be vacant, so maybe he can fight Hrgovic.

“I’m healing well, I’m not even in camp yet, I’ll go to camp at the end of March and I’ll spar then.”

Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 00:58

Tyson Fury reacts to Anthony Joshua victory

Tyson Fury: "I'm sure Usyk will have something to say about that, since he beat him twice. Me and Usyk fight for the No 1 and No 2 position in the sport.

“I had a shit performance against Ngannou, styles make fights, I almost got it right, I said one round. He did fantastic tonight.

“It’s what a boxer should have done to him. Well done. If he fights me in the future, after I’ve fought Usyk twice, next year...”

Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 00:54

Joshua vs Ngannou LIVE: Eddie Hearn reacts to crushing AJ knockout

Eddie Hearn: "I'm so proud of him, His Excellency said if we win this fight, we'll fight the winner of Fury v Usyk. You’re looking at the baddest man on the planet, on this form, there’s no man that can beat this man in the heavyweight division.

“Please beat Usyk, you’ll get the biggest fight in the history of the sport.

“Always staying in the gym, working, never took a shortcut. He ain’t getting beat. That was one of the most destructive knockouts I’ve ever seen. What I said would happen happened, he destroyed Ngannou, he’s a savage, a beast, I can’t wait for him to beat Tyson Fury.”

(Getty Images)
Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 00:47

Joshua vs Ngannou LIVE: AJ reacts to crushing knockout

"It is what it is. What I was saying, en route to the championship, you should stay focused. I stepped aside from the mission, I thought it was for the broadcasters for entertainment.

“But I saw him against Fury and thought 'damn, he can fight'. We welcomed him, he's a great champion. It doesn't take away from his capability. He can come again, I told him he can stay in boxing. It's up to him.

“The Ben Davison performance centre [is the reason for my improvement]. I’m hungry, stay hungry and all that good stuff.

“I don’t know [if I’m coming into my peak], it only takes one shot, if that was me, you’d be saying, ‘Joshua should retire’. I don’t know if I’m in my peak, I’m pushing day by day, who knows where it will take me? In five years I won’t be fighting no more, this will be a distant memory.

“I just want to fight - yes it is [the winner of Fury v Usyk].”

Jack Rathborn9 March 2024 00:44

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