Joshua and Ngannou meet in Saudi Arabia
Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou are set to go head-to-head in Saudi Arabia on March 8th, 2024
- Two heavyweight titans are set to clash in Saudi Arabia.
- Former world champion Anthony Joshua is looking to claw back up the division.
- Francis Ngannou is making his professional boxing debut, after switching from the UFC.
- The winner of the bout on March 8th will take on the winner of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight on 17th February.
Whilst heavyweight boxing does tend to bring the glitz and glamour to the sport, in recent times, it has been a tough product to sell with many punters and international betting sites.
However, with contracts seemingly settled and fighters prepared to clash once more, the big fights are rolling in and Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou promises to be a memorable bout.
For most punters and boxing betting apps, it is the action in the ring that makes the sport so appealing, with drama almost always guaranteed when two heavyweight giants do battle.
Over the past few years, the heavyweight division in the world of boxing has struggled to strike deals, with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in particular, a long-mooted fight that has yet to happen.
However, 2024 seems to have brought about change, with Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk lined up to fight in February and news of another huge bout has landed soon after.
British former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will take on UFC convert Francis Ngannou, in what looks to be an incredible matchup on paper, in Saudi Arabia on March 8th.
AJ back in the big time
Anthony Joshua has long been touted as one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet, with his hitting power and athletic composition making him a fearsome heavyweight.
Some indifferent performances over the past few years have seen him slip down the world heavyweight pecking order but his global appeal remains as big as ever.
Victory over Otto Wallin at the back end of 2023 propelled him up the world rankings again and with enigmatic promotor Eddie Hearn backing him, another huge fight in Saudi Arabia has been secured.
It is testament to the athletic ability of Francis Ngannou that he is even being lined up on a boxing card as reputable as this, never mind headlining it.
The man from Cameroon has forged an incredible fighting CV in the UFC and his performance against Tyson Fury in a recent exhibition boxing match, has seen him fast tracked into the big time.
Whilst this will obviously be a sterner test, on what is technically his professional boxing debut, Ngannou is a uniquely gifted fighter, and he looks set to pose Joshua plenty of problems in the Gulf.
The winner takes it all
A huge frustration for boxing fans in recent times has been the lack of cohesion between fighters and promoters but this fight looks to be aligning with the rest of the competitors in the world heavyweight division.
Eddie Hearn has stated that the winner of this fight, will take on the winner of the Oleksander Usyk vs Tyson Fury fight, which takes place three weeks before on February 17th.
The prospect of fighters having to earn their next big bouts is a hugely enticing one for all boxing fans and it adds an extra sense of importance for punters and boxing multi betting sites too.
World heavyweight boxing has plenty of big names in the division and 2024 promises to be a year to remember for fight fans.
With Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury confirmed, another huge bout has been announced, as Anthony Joshua will take on Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia on March 8th.
The winners of both bouts are then set to meet later in 2024, adding plenty of speculation and intrigue into the mix for boxing punters and betting apps.