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Anthony Joshua to battle Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia

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LONDON — Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s subsequent battle can be in opposition to MMA star Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia, promotors have introduced.

Ngannou has solely boxed as soon as professionally, when he knocked down Tyson Fury earlier than shedding in a split-decision to the reigning WBC heavyweight champion in late October.

A date for the Riyadh battle wasn’t introduced however it appears more likely to happen in March.

Francis Ngannou Tyson Fury knockdown

Britain’s Tyson Fury (L) falls on the bottom as he fights in opposition to Cameroonian-French Francis Ngannou throughout their heavyweight boxing match in Riyadh early on October 29, 2023. (Picture by Fayez NURELDINE / AFP)

Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are scheduled to battle in Riyadh on Feb. 17 to unify all the main heavyweight boxing titles. Usyk holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

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The 34-year-old Joshua regarded sharp earlier than Christmas when he stopped Otto Wallin with a fifth-round technical knockout. On the identical card, Deontay Wilder misplaced to Joseph Parker, which scuppered speak of a March bout between Wilder and Joshua.

Eddie Hearn, who’s Joshua’s promoter, introduced Friday night time that the Ngannou battle is a “ completed deal ” and {that a} press convention can be held in London on Jan. 15.

The 37-year-old Ngannou of Cameroon is a former UFC champion.

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