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KINGDOM ARENA, RIYADH — Skill and experience prevailed in the bout dubbed “Knockout Chaos”, with Anthony Joshua scoring a crushing second-round knockout over former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. The official time was 2:38.

Joshua (28-3, 25 KOs) decked Ngannou in the opening round with a straight right and the writing was on the wall that quickly. Two more brutal rights were enough to close the show in the second and Ngannou’s dream of making it big in elite-level boxing was left in tatters.

“It is what it is,” said Joshua in understatement. “I thought it was something for the broadcasters, but when I saw [Ngannou’s fight] with Tyson Fury, I was like damn, he can fight. This doesn’t take anything away from his capabilities. He can come again.”

Ngannou started confidently and unleashed a couple of solid two-fisted attacks. With almost two minutes gone, the MMA star switched southpaw and shortly thereafter was decked by an explosive right lead. The tone of the fight had changed in an instant – the unshakeable Ngannou could be shaken.

In the second, Joshua bided his time and waited for the openings. There were many, and another massive right hand sent Ngannou flying to the canvas for a second time. It was a novice against a professional and the finish was sublime. When Ngannou crudely closed the distance with a left, he was knocked cold by a thunderous right-hand counter punch.

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Joshua’s solid run of form continues. Since losing back-to-back decisions against Oleksandr Usyk, the British star has put together four wins in a row and he’s looking very sharp under the tutelage of trainer Ben Davison.

A world title fight now beckons for AJ, who wants to join the exclusive club of three-time heavyweight champions in boxing history. Only Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield (four-time champion), Lennox Lewis and Michael Moorer have ever pulled it off. Only Ali has claimed the lineal title three times.

Tyson Fury and Usyk collide on May 18 in Riyadh to decide the undisputed championship and there’s a rematch clause in place. However, the IBF has said that the winner must face mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic or be stripped of that version of the title.

If Fury-Usyk is competitive, then a direct rematch is what the boxing world would want to see – belts be damned. With that being the case, Hrgovic would fight for the vacant IBF title against the next-rated challenger who happens to be AJ. 

Despite all of this, promoter Eddie Hearn told DAZN that Turki Alalshikh vowed that the AJ-Ngannou winner would face the Fury-Usyk winner. There are plenty of moving parts, so we’ll see how things play out in the coming months.

Ngannou falls to 0-2.

MORE: Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou as it happened 


Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou fight card results

  • Anthony Joshua def. Francis Ngannou (KO 2/10); heavyweights
  • Joseph Parker def. Zhilei Zhang (MD 12) to win the interim WBO heavyweight title
  • Rey Vargas (c) drew. Nick Ball (SD 12). Vargas retains his WBC featherweight title 
  • Israil Madrimov def. Magomed Kurbanov (TKO 5/12) to win the WBA vacant super welterweight title 
  • Mark Chamberlain def. Gavin Gwynne (TKO 4/10); lightweights
  • Justis Huni def. Kevin Lerena (UD 10); heavyweights
  • Louis Greene def. Jack McGann (TKO 1/10); super welterweights
  • Roman Fury def. Martin Svarc (PTS 6); cruiserweights
  • Ziyad Almaayouf def. Christian Lopez Flores (PTS 6); super lightweights
  • Andrii Novytskyi def. Juan Torres (KO 3/8); heavyweights

MORE: Reactions to Anthony Joshua’s KO of Ngannou

Joseph Parker bounces back from big Zhang bangs

Joseph Parker continued his stirring career renaissance by twice getting off the canvas to defeat Zhilei Zhang by majority decision. Back in December, Parker stayed away from Deontay Wilder’s bombs to tear up the script of a showdown between the American knockout artist and Anthony Joshua. Here, he tasted Zhang’s shuddering power twice. A textbook southpaw left put the New Zealander on the seat of his shorts and broke his nose in round three.

Parker’s superior footwork, cute movement and punch variety had the fight turning in his favour when he shipped a chopping right hook to touch down again in the eighth. However, the 40-year-old Zhang again laboured from a position of strength and Parker chipped away at his advantage. According to Compubox, with the bout on the line in round 12, the Chinese hero did not land a single punch. One judge scored the bout 113-113. The two found in Parker’s favour by margins of 114-112 and 116-111.

Ever the gentleman, Parker pledged to give Zhang a rematch. Admirable as Parker’s guts and bravery were, we don’t need to see that again.

Rey Vargas dropped twice by Nick Ball, escapes with draw

Rey Vargas is no stranger to getting dropped before hanging on to his WBC featherweight title (just ask Mark Magsayo) but the Mexican champion breathed a huge sigh of relief after a relentless second-half rally from Englishman Nick Ball. The undefeated challenger (19-0-1) struggled with the unusual height difference in a bout between two 126-pounders and Vargas (36-1-1) was able to bank rounds, scoring freely to head and body. But Ball was relentless and tenacious throughout and wobbled Vargas with big shots in round seven before decking him in the next session. Another knockdown in the 11th had Ball on the brink of glory but smart work from Vargas in the other two championship round contributed to him pulling this one out of the fire.

Massimo Barrovecchio scored the bout 114-112-for Vargas, with Jun Bae Lim scoring Ball as a big 116-110 winner. The third judge, Rey Danseco had the bout dead even at 113-113 and the split decision draw was booed by the ordinarily mild-mannered Saudi crowd. Let’s run that one back.

‘New Golovkin’ Madrimov storms to maiden world title

Israil Madrimov has cited the great Gennadiy Golovkin as his inspiration and even looks a little like Triple G. After a stop-start professional career to date, the Uzbek former amateur standout produced a performance his idol would have been proud of against the previously unbeaten Russian Magomed Kurbanov. The vacant WBA super welterweight title was on the line after Jermell Charlo was named “champion in recess” and there was little doubt over the destination of the belt after the opening couple of rounds. Madrimov showed superb variety off his left lead, which he frequently turned into a withering hook, to leave Kurbanov befuddled.

Madrimov might have opted to showcase his skills and chalk up a wide points win but, at the behest of his trainer Joel Diaz, he upped the pace in round five, staggered Kurbanov with a Golovkin-esque chopping overhand right and forced referee Steve Gray to step in. The champion improves to a record of 10-0-1, with  seven wins inside the distance, while Kurbanov slips to 25-1 after his first fight outside of Russia.

How to watch Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou: TV channel, live stream

Region TV channel Live streaming 
USA DAZN 
Canada DAZN
UK and Ireland DAZNSky Sports PPV
Australia DAZN

The heavyweight fight will be on DAZN, with the streaming giant and Sky Sports PPV set to share the broadcast in the U.K.

Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou PPV price

  • U.S. PPV Price: $69.99
  • U.K. PPV Price:  £19.99
    • For existing DAZN subscribers, the U.K. PPV price will be £18.99.
  • DAZN monthly subscription: $19.99 on a 12-month contract or $24.99 month-to-month in U.S. / $24.99 per month in Canada / £9.99 in the U.K. on a 12-month contract or £19.99 month-to-month / 13.99 AUD
  • DAZN annual subscription: $224.99 in U.S., $199.99 in Canada, £99.99 in the UK.

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