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See fight preview, as Anthony Joshua says he’s set for Francis Ngannou 

See fight preview, as Anthony Joshua says he’s set for Francis Ngannou 

Anthony Joshua has insisted that he is ready to fight Francis Ngannou, saying the former UFC champion had a good outing against Tyson Fury, who is the current WBC champion.

Joshua is billed to fight Ngannou on Friday, March 8, 2024.

Ngannou shocked the world when he dropped Fury in the third round last October. But he eventually lost the bout in a split decision.

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Speaking ahead of his bout with Ngannou, Joshua insists: “I just feel to myself I will always be here and ready to fight any time,” the 34-year-old told Sky Sports.

“He [Ngannou] had a good outing as well against Tyson Fury who is the current WBC champion. So, I think it will be good for me to see where I’m at,” he said.

Throughout his career though Joshua has taken on a sequence of elite opponents, from Wladimir Klitschko to Oleksandr Usyk, with Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and many more in between. But glaring omissions from Joshua’s CV are American puncher Deontay Wilder and British rival Tyson Fury.

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Joshua however points out that even though bouts with those opponents never came to fruition, for his part he has previously agreed to fight both men.

Talks for a fight with Tyson Fury have stalled and collapsed in the past, while Joshua had inked a deal to fight Wilder this year, only for the American to suffer a surprise upset loss to Joseph Parker and nix the arrangement.

Fight Preview

The highly anticipated fight between Anthony Joshua, a two-time heavyweight champion, and Francis Ngannou, the current UFC heavyweight champion, has been a topic of discussion among sports enthusiasts. Here’s a comprehensive preview of the fight:

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Background

Anthony Joshua is a British professional boxer with a record of 24-2, holding the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles. He has previously faced top-tier opponents like Wladimir Klitschko and Andy Ruiz Jr. Francis Ngannou is a Cameroonian-French professional mixed martial artist competing in the UFC. He is the current UFC heavyweight champion and has an impressive record of 16-3.

Fight Style

Anthony Joshua is known for his powerful right hand and strong jab. He has a solid boxing foundation and is an excellent counter-puncher. His height and reach advantage make it difficult for opponents to land significant blows. Francis Ngannou, on the other hand, is a powerful striker with devastating knockout power. He is known for his aggressive fighting style and relentless pressure. In MMA, he has showcased his grappling and wrestling skills, which could pose a significant threat to Joshua.

Preparation

Anthony Joshua has been training under the guidance of renowned trainer Rob McCracken, focusing on improving his boxing skills and adapting to the MMA-style striking of Ngannou. Francis Ngannou has been training with boxing coaches and adapting his striking techniques for the boxing ring. Both fighters have been working on their conditioning and strength to prepare for the unique challenges of the fight.

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Odds and Expectations

Anthony Joshua is the favorite to win the fight, with odds around -200. However, many experts believe that Francis Ngannou’s power and aggression could give Joshua trouble. The fight is expected to be a close contest, with both fighters having a chance to win.

The Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou fight is a unique and exciting match-up that has captured the attention of sports fans worldwide. Both fighters have the potential to win, and the outcome will depend on their ability to adapt and perform under the pressure of such a historic event.

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