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The boxing world missed the Tyson FuryOleksandr Usyk fight. Per the earlier schedule, it should have happened two days ago. But then destiny had other things in store. The fight is now scheduled for May 18. However, fans need not despair. There’s the Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou face-off coming up in another two weeks.

The heavyweight bout between the former unified heavyweight champion and the former UFC heavyweight champion takes place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 8. The headline fight will be accompanied by several undercard matches, all broadcast live for viewers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, and around the world.

The lead-up to Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou


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The last few years have been pretty tough on Anthony Joshua. Beginning with the 2019 defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr., he suffered back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk. Hence, it was critical for him to make a robust comeback to stake a claim in big games. Under a new trainer, a finely tuned plan saw him fight three matches last year. He won all three, with the last two against the Scandinavians, Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin, ending in early stoppages.


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Francis Ngannou, on the other hand, bid goodbye to the long-time UFC franchise last year. In 2021, he became the UFC’s heavyweight champion and defended it successfully the following year. Announcing his interest in following up on a new career in boxing, ‘The Predator’ landed his dream debut against Tyson Fury on October 28. Stunning the entire world, the Cameroonian-French fighter knocked down the boxing heavyweight champion in round 3. The latter literally scraped through the match by a split decision.

So in March, Ngannou will enter the ring once again against a seasoned and equally strong, if not more, boxer. The world awaits with bated breath to see if he can pick up where he left off during his debut match.

Let’s check out a few details regarding the match telecast.

Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou, Timings, Where to Watch

Per the available reports, both Sky Sports and DAZN will bring home the pay-per-view match between Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou. While viewers in countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia would be able to see the bout through their DAZN PPV subscription, those in the United Kingdom and Ireland can make use of the facility provided by Sky Sports.


It should be noted that the price of the pay-per-view is yet to be decided.

Otherwise, the monthly subscription rate for DAZN stands as follows:

  1. United Kingdom: £9.99 (if taken for 12 months) or £19.99 for each month; £99.99 for an annual subscription
  2. Australia: 13.99 Australian Dollar
  3. Canada: $24.99 per month; $199.99 for an annual subscription
  4. United States: $19.99 (if taken for 12 months) or $24.99 for each month; $224.99 for an annual subscription


Unfortunately, as of now, details pertaining to timings for both the main card beginning and headline event ring walk are yet to be made available.


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However, it should be noted that viewers in the United States and Canada (both Eastern and Pacific Time) should be able to watch the fight on Friday, March 8, as opposed to those in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia, where it will be available on Saturday, March 9.

Apart from the Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou fight and a few others, the venue will hold a match between Joseph Parker and Zhilei Zhang for the latter’s WBO heavyweight belt. Additionally, Ray Vargas and Nick Ball will duke it out for the Mexican champion’s featherweight title.

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Between Joshua and Ngannou, who is your pick for the win on March 8? Please share your views with us in the comments below.

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