Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou Fight Card, Odds, & Predictions

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Anthony Joshua, left, and Otto Wallin fight during a boxing match at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, early Sunday.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Mar 06, 2024, 5:33 PM
  • This Friday, Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou headline the heavyweight showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • The winner of this match will likely fight for the world heavyweight title.
  • Joshua is the considerable betting favorite at -350, and Ngannou is the +275 betting underdog.

Another massive heavyweight boxing match is scheduled to go down this Friday, as former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will face former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in a 10-round showdown inside the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Despite being competitive in his professional boxing debut in October against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, Ngannou is still the betting underdog in boxing odds at +275, and Joshua is the favored fighter to get the win by being the considerable -350 betting favorite.

Anthony Joshua Recent Fight Results

After winning the 2012 Olympic gold medal in the Summer Olympics, Joshua finally jumped into the pro ranks and had a dream debut in October 2013 by stopping Emanuele Leo in the opening round of their fight via TKO.

Following that winning debut, Joshua collected 20 successive victories and captured the IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles. In June 2019, the British superstar suffered his first career loss after Andy Ruiz handed him a seventh-round TKO finish.

Joshua recaptured all his belts by avenging his loss to Ruiz in December 2019 with a decision victory. Since then, he received two more losses courtesy of Oleksandr Usyk to give up his four belts again. Outside of those setbacks from Usyk, Joshua won four of his fights.

Francis Ngannou Recent Fight Results

Before Ngannou pursued a career in professional boxing, he was the undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, knocking out 10 of his 12 opponents inside the Octagon. His move to pro boxing was made possible by his failed negotiations with the Las Vegas-based promotion.

Ngannou made his boxing debut against the WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in October and surprised the combat sports community with his outstanding performance against โ€œThe Gypsy King,โ€ scoring a knockdown in the third round. Unfortunately, it was not enough to get him the win, as Fury edged him out with a split decision result.

Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou: Tale of the Tape

Anthony JoshuaFrancis Ngannou
Age3437
Height6โ€™6โ€6โ€™4โ€
Reach82 inches83 inches
Record27-30-1 (17-3 in MMA)
StanceOrthodoxOrthodox
TKO/KO Percentage89%0% (71% in MMA)

Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou: Fight Analysis

There isnโ€™t much of a difference in the tale of the tape between Joshua and Ngannou, as they are only separated by 2 inches in height (in favor of Joshua) and an inch in reach (in favor of Ngannou). Both have an enormous power on their hands, with a high finish rate on their records.

Joshua has benefited from seeing Ngannou compete against Fury because heโ€™ll surely take him seriously, unlike his British compatriot, who underestimated the former UFC champion during their match.

With that in mind, Joshua will be extra careful in evading Ngannouโ€™s powerful right-hand punch and instead be more fundamental in his approach to the fight. He must utilize his jab and footwork to frustrate Ngannou and make him miss.

Meanwhile, Ngannou needs to close the distance to increase his chance of landing a clean shot at Joshua. Furthermore, he needs to maximize his physicality and strength to suck the energy out of Joshua in the clinch while he throws a few punches when they are tangled up.

With knowledge of Ngannouโ€™s power and cardio that could last a full 10-round boxing match, Joshua has picked up several valuable lessons from his previous bout with Fury. Heโ€™ll surely prepare a more comprehensive strategy to beat Ngannou more decisively.

Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou: Start Time

March 8, 2024, 2:00 p.m. PT

March 8, 2024, 4:00 p.m. CT

March 8, 2024, 5:00 p.m. ET

Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou: Official Prediction

Official Prediction: Unanimous decision victory for Anthony Joshua.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.