Anthony Joshua exchanges touching words with Francis Ngannou after epic knockout win

In a spectacular showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua showcased his prowess. He asserted his dominance over former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. The Englishman’s relentless performance unfolded with three knockdowns, ultimately sending Ngannou to sleep in just two rounds.

Following Ngannou’s examination by worried medical personnel, Joshua begged him to keep competing even though it was his second consecutive defeat.

Anthony Joshua’s compelling performance at the Kingdom Arena left no room for doubt about his supremacy in the ring. The brutal efficiency displayed as he secured three knockdowns and swiftly defeated the former UFC champion reflected his skills.

Although Ngannou almost defeated WBC heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury in October of last year, Joshua proved too strong for Fury at the Kingdom Arena. Nevertheless, the Englishman said in his interview after the match with DAZN that he believes he’s a terrific addition to the heavyweight class.

Joshua said: “He is a great champion and this doesn’t take anything away from his capabilities. I told him not to leave boxing. He’s two fights in and he fought the best. It only takes one shot in the heavyweight division. Joseph Parker is one of my favourite fighters, he had it tough and look at him now.”

Joshua expressed his belief in Ngannou’s significance in the heavyweight division, emphasizing that the former UFC champion remains a valuable addition. He continued: “I’m just doing it while I’m here and making the most of it. In five years I won’t be fighting. The people of Cameroon, I appreciate you. Africa united, respect. Everyone here tonight, I appreciate you. Thank you to Francis Ngannou.”

Joshua will next face the victor of Fury’s undisputed four-belt bout with Oleksandr Usyk, the champion of the WBA, WBO, and IBF, on May 18. Later this year, the heavyweight pair is scheduled to rematch before Joshua takes on the winner.

Following another defeat in boxing, Ngannou must make a significant choice. The PFL wants him to compete against their MMA heavyweight champion, 6’8″ Brazilian knockout artist Renan Ferreira. Ferreira has lately called him out.

In the unpredictable world of combat sports, only time will reveal the next chapters in the stories of Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou.