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Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou: When is the fight, how to watch and undercard line-up

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Plus, why the fight is on a Friday, where the ‘Knockout Chaos’ clash is taking place and latest odds

Anthony Joshua will continue his rehabilitation towards becoming a world-level heavyweight force again when he takes on Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

Although no belts are on the line, this will represent another payday for both men as well as a chance for Joshua to keep the momentum going as he climbs off the metaphorical canvas following a pair of defeats by Oleksandr Usyk.

Mike Tyson and Francis Ngannou and Anthony Joshua

Joshua has said he expects an “explosive” encounter when he takes on Ngannou, who made his professional boxing debut against Tyson Fury in October.

“He brings two arms, a body, but his mind is different to everyone else. In terms of his frame and make-up, I’ve seen people like him many times before,” Joshua said. “My main focus is Ngannou and getting through an intense training camp. I have got to take his mind and his spirit, it will be explosive. We can both trade and it will be a good fight.”

When is Joshua v Ngannou?

The bout is scheduled for Friday, March 8, 2024.

Anthony Joshua

Why is the fight being held on a Friday?

The fight is taking place on a Friday, rather than the usual Saturday night, to avoid a clash with the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix on March 9.

Where is the fight being held?

The bout will be contested in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, which is making a big play to become the new premium destination for world sporting events. Joshua fought there recently when he beat Otto Wallin.

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