Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou: Briton delivers assertion win with second-round knockout

Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou: Briton delivers assertion win with second-round knockout

A well-schooled novice boasting Olympic gold and a two-time world champion with wins in opposition to among the finest within the division, Joshua’s expertise prevails within the early hours in Riyadh.

The razzmatazz of Saudi boxing was on present, albeit nonetheless below the backdrop of critics claiming the Kingdom is utilizing high-profile sporting occasions to ‘sports activities wash’ away its human rights data.

While it was not the star studded affair seen in previous occasion within the area, former champions Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao rubbed shoulders with the likes of soccer supervisor Jose Mourinho and Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo.

The card was billed as ‘knockout chaos’ however the Saudi crowd – as they often do – behaved in a really quiet and orderly method.

The strain was on Joshua to ship a message to rival Fury. A fighter who has confronted an intense degree of scrutiny lately, Joshua acknowledged the influence of coach Ben Davison.

Davison was in Joshua’s nook for the second time, having additionally overseen December’s dominant win over Otto Wallin.

“I didn’t want to disrespect Ngannou but he’s not been hit by someone like AJ before,” Davison advised BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I’ll let people judge whether he is improving. The only way to find out who is the best is to get the winner of Fury and Usyk. That’s the only thing that makes sense.”

Whether Ngannou listens to Joshua’s recommendation and returns to the game anytime quickly awaits to be quickly, however the ‘Predator’ is a confirmed winner – whether or not it’s in life, the UFC octagon or a boxing ring.

His journey has taken him from a 12-year-old working in sand quarry in Cameroon to dwelling on the streets of Paris, earlier than turning into UFC champion.

Although his childhood dream of turning into a boxing world champion could by no means develop into actuality, Ngannou is about to return to MMA later this yr with the PFL seeking his subsequent prey.

With inputs from BBC

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