Anthony Joshua defeats Ngannou with brutal second-round KO


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British boxer Anthony Joshua (L) competes with Cameroonian-French boxer Francis Ngannou throughout their heavyweight boxing match in Riyadh’s Kingdom Enviornment indoor stadium, on March 9, 2024. (Photograph by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

Two-time world champion Anthony Joshua knocked out blended martial arts star Francis Ngannou in simply the second spherical of their widely-hyped heavyweight conflict on Saturday, together with his promoter shortly declaring him the division’s “primary” fighter.

Joshua had his Cameroonian opponent on the canvas within the first spherical and twice extra within the second in a brutal and temporary exhibition of punching energy.

Ngannou, 37, a former UFC heavyweight champion, was participating in solely his second skilled boxing match, having misplaced a cut up choice to Tyson Fury in an October battle that noticed him put the WBC champion on the canvas within the third spherical.

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“I assumed this battle was one thing for the broadcasters to get behind,” Joshua instructed DAZN after his quickfire victory.

“After I noticed the battle with Tyson Fury, I assumed, ‘I would like a few of that’. He is a superb champion and this doesn’t take something away from his capabilities.

“I instructed him he shouldn’t depart boxing,” Joshua mentioned. “He can do nicely. Bear in mind, he’s two fights in, and he’s fought the most effective. He can go a good distance if he stays devoted, but it surely’s as much as him.”

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Joshua, a former unified WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion, went into the battle on the again of three successive wins.

Earlier than that, nonetheless, he misplaced back-to-back fights to Oleksandr Usyk, who will tackle Fury for the undisputed heavyweight title in Saudi Arabia in Might.

The battle solely received below approach at 3:30 am native time (0030 GMT), however weary followers loved a sensational begin when Joshua shortly despatched Ngannou to the canvas within the opening spherical with a brutal proper to the chin.

It received worse for the Cameroonian when he was knocked down once more within the second spherical, simply managing to beat the depend.

His resistance lasted only some extra moments after he was despatched to the canvas once more for the third and remaining time.

‘Sitting duck’

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British boxer Anthony Joshua (C) celebrates after defeating Cameroonian-French boxer Francis Ngannou throughout their heavyweight boxing match in Riyadh’s Kingdom Enviornment indoor stadium, on March 9, 2024. (Photograph by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

Ngannou lay on his again for a while and wanted medical therapy contained in the ring earlier than being helped again to his stool.

Joshua, 34, was reportedly being paid $50 million for his conflict with the MMA star, whose rags-to-riches story had captivated the game.

Ngannou grew up in abject poverty, working as a baby laborer in a sand quarry for below $2 a day.

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He then made his approach to Europe, even sleeping tough in a carpark in Paris earlier than a neighborhood coach took him below his wing and steered him to boxing.

Joshua’s victory instantly sparked feverish discuss of a mega-fight with both Usyk or Fury.

“You’re wanting on the primary heavyweight on the earth,” mentioned promoter Eddie Hearn.

“On this type, there isn’t a man that may beat him. Tyson Fury, please beat Usyk, as a result of you’re going to get the most important battle within the historical past of the game.

“He destroyed Francis Ngannou. He’s a beast and I can not anticipate him to beat Tyson Fury.”

Joshua’s coach Ben Davison instructed the BBC that “the one approach to discover out who’s the most effective is to get the winner of Fury and Usyk. That’s the one factor that is smart.”



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Nevertheless, not each ringside observer was impressed with the temporary flurry of brutality.

“That highlighted what occurs when a world class heavyweight has a free shot on a sitting duck,” Boxing Information editor Matt Christie wrote on social media platform X. “Hopefully no have to see that sort of battle once more.”

He might get his want, as Ngannou is scheduled to return to MMA later within the 12 months.



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