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What We Know About Anthony Joshua’s Next Fight: Former UFC Champion Francis Ngannou, Who Previously Faced Tyson Fury

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Anthony Joshua is starting to look back to his best and is eyeing some big fights in 2024 after dispatching Otto Wallin.

AJ turned in a top display to stop the Swede in Saudi Arabia just before Christmas to make it three wins from three since back-to-back defeats against Oleksandr Usyk.

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Joshua was in fine form against WallinCredit: Getty

The plan was for Joshua to face Deontay Wilder should he beat Joseph Parker, but the American lost via unanimous decision to leave those plans in tatters.

But Joshua does have a fight coming up very soon.

Anthony Joshua next fight: Is his next opponent confirmed?

Yes, Joshua’s next bout is confirmed.

The plan was for Joshua and Wilder to win their respective fights to set up a huge event in March 2024 between the two former world champions.

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The deal between the two camps was all but agreed, but after Wilder’s defeat, those plans are ruined.

Instead, a date with former UFC champion Francis Ngannou has been agreed.

The giant Cameroonian has only fought one professional boxing match against Tyson Fury, where he knocked the undefeated heavyweight down before losing via split decision.

Ngannou was expected to be battered by Fury, but he stunned the world, and to many, won the fight.

And he will now face AJ in what should be an explosive clash.

Ngannou will be Joshua's next opponent

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Ngannou will be Joshua’s next opponentCredit: TNT SPORTS

Anthony Joshua fight: When will it happen?

Joshua will face Ngannou on Friday, March 8 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The ten-round heavyweight fight will take place at the Kingdom Arena.

It was set to be on the Saturday, but because of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, it will be held on the Friday instead.

Timings for the event will be confirmed in due course, but the undercard action is expected to get going at 6pm, with the main event ringwalks around 10:30pm UK time.

Joshua is ready to take on anyone

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Joshua is ready to take on anyoneCredit: Getty

Anthony Joshua next fight: What’s been said?

Ngannou believes that he can knock Joshua out.

Speaking to the MMA Hour, he said: “The date is set. It’s two months from now, and if any of them think they’re going to have easy money, that’s too bad for them.

“If AJ takes the punch that Fury took, I don’t guarantee that he’s standing up.

“I’ve heard that he doesn’t have a chin. I’m going to find out.”

Joshua and Ngannou should be explosive from the off

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Joshua and Ngannou should be explosive from the off

However, Simon Jordan isn’t too happy with Joshua’s decision to face Ngannou.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I have the same disdain for the fight.

“I understand the genesis for it. I understand the reasons why. This is what Saudi want. If Saudi is going to be the new financial capital of boxing, then this is what it looks like.

“They think that MMA fighters, that have had one fight [and] been ridiculously ranked as #10 in the WBC rankings, is now a viable way for boxing to generate interest.

“I think it’s sad. I understand why Anthony Joshua is taking the fight. I understood why Tyson Fury took the fight. Because the economics are so significant that you take these fights.”

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