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Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou Betting Offers, Odds & Tips

All eyes will be on Riyadh for Knockout Chaos

Anthony Joshua takes on Francis Ngannou at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh on Friday, March 8th.

Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou Betting Offers & Free Bets

Joshua vs Ngannou Odds & Betting Tips

Riyadh Season ramps up on Friday, March 8 as Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou meet in a mouth-watering heavyweight fight billed “Knockout Chaos”.

After impressing against Tyson Fury in his first-ever professional boxing bout, former UFC star Ngannou has received an invite back from the Saudis to headline a memorable card inside the Kingdom Arena, Riyadh.

Ngannou was given little-to-zero chance against Tyson Fury last October but shocked the world by knocking down the “Gypsy King” in one of sport’s ‘where were you’ moments, as the lineal heavyweight champion crashed to the canvas.

The Cameroon fighter would go on to lose a close decision against Fury but is back inside the ring attempting to derail Anthony Joshua’s plans to return to the top of the division.

A win for Joshua (who is a pre-fight 2/9 FAV with bet365) would see him in line to fight the winner of the undisputed heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, sometime after their bout on May 18.

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Joshua vs Ngannou Betting Markets

Several betting markets are available for the Joshua vs Ngannou fight on Friday, March 8, 2024.

Whether you want to pick an outright winner, the method of victory or what round the fight will end, various bookmakers will enable you to make these wagers.

A couple of examples are listed below:

Method of Victory? i.e “To win by KO/Decision”

How do you think the fight will end, specifically? A Method of Victory bet allows the customer to predict which fighter will win the fight and how.

For example, if you think Joshua’s power and boxing experience will be too much for Ngannou, then backing Anthony Joshua to win by KO/TKO (currently priced at 8/15 with bet365) would be your best bet.

If you think that Ngannou’s boxing ability is underrated and he can stop Anthony Joshua with his heavy artillery, you might want to back the former UFC star at 9/2 with bet365 to win KO/TKO.

Anthony Joshua was forced into decision wins over Jermaine Franklin, Andy Ruiz and Joseph Parker – if you think Ngannou can add his name to that list of Joshua frustraters, then 7/2 is the price with bet365 for the Briton to win via Decision/Technical Decision.

Will The Fight Go the Distance? Yes / No odds

The Will The Fight Go the Distance market is simply backing or laying the knockout.

Naturally, heavyweight contests will see a higher percentage of knockouts than the lower weight classes, so the odds of this fight going the distance are likely to be quite high.

When betting on this market, note how many rounds the fight is scheduled for – in this case, ten.

Betting on Anthony Joshua

Much like the man himself, betting on Anthony Joshua is BIG business.

The British heavyweight has been at the forefront of the division for the last decade and remains one of the star names and biggest money fights out there despite now suffering three career defeats.

A big crowd will be expected to see Joshua fight in Saudi Arabia for a third time, and with big figures tuning into DAZN and Sky Sports to watch the card, plenty of those customers will translate into placing a bet on the outcome of the fight.

It also allows betting companies to push big promotions involving the big fight.

Sign-up offers and free bets will be available before the Joshua vs Ngannou fight, giving new customers more chances of success in their wagers.

Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou Fight Overview

It’s not the fight that many of us boxing fans had on our bingo cards for 2024, but this clash is fast becoming one of the most talked-about attractions in the sport.

“Knockout Chaos” pits two big punchers in the heavyweight division up against each other for a prize that is worth no amount of money - a shot at the undisputed heavyweight champion.

Whether that is Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk, come May, we will have to wait and see, but Joshua and Ngannou have a huge incentive to put on a show inside the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh.

As far as the fight goes, Anthony Joshua will be studiously picking over the ten rounds of footage he has of Francis Ngannou boxing from last October against Tyson Fury.

Ngannou over-performed against Fury, and Joshua has the opportunity to underline the difference between a career devoted to boxing, and the merits of a crossover star, however impressive, like Ngannou.

Since teaming up with new coach Ben Davison, Anthony Joshua has found his spite and power again the ring.

His last two victories have come via stoppage against Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin, the latter one of the best performances we have seen from “AJ” in years.

Ngannou has power in abundance, of course, but whether he can implement his attacks on Joshua as easily as he did against an out-of-shape Fury is yet to be seen.

Anthony Joshua (27-3, 24KO)

Anthony Joshua is coming to the latter years of an extremely impressive career.

The Briton’s three career losses have come at the very elite level of the heavyweight division, and after going 3-0 in his last three outings is looking for a final opportunity to regain some of the gold in the division.

His return to form can possibly be pointed towards new coach Ben Davison.

Davison is fairly inexperienced in the sport but has enabled Joshua to rediscover his bludgeoning power as a heavyweight, something that went missing in years under the tutelage of his GB coach Rob McCracken.

Joshua turns 35 this year but will be buoyed by the knowledge that heavyweights can fight much longer than those in other divisions, especially if you keep yourself in as good a shape as the former unified heavyweight champion does.

Joshua has faced his fair share of criticism throughout his career, but owns one of the most impressive records in the division, recording victories over the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and Carlos Takam.

A win over Ngannou may not be one of his best, but it might be one of his most important considering what might follow...

Francis Ngannou (0-1, 0KO)

Francis Ngannou may have won zero fights in a boxing ring, but his power and athleticism were on full show last October as he debuted in defeat to Tyson Fury.

The former UFC heavyweight champion is heralded as one of the best to ever do it inside the Octagon but is looking to transition into the lucrative world of boxing – specifically, boxing in Saudi Arabia.

As previously mentioned, he looked at home inside the ring for the 30 minutes he boxed against Fury last year, and will no doubt have honed in on his impressive fundamentals for fight number two of his boxing career.

It’s all well and good having power (in 2017, he set the world record for the hardest punch ever recorded at 129,161 units) but against a fit Anthony Joshua, Ngannou will have to set the Briton up for his attacks, using his footwork more effectively than he did in the latter rounds against Fury.

But considering what Ngannou has achieved throughout his career so far, it would take a brave punter to back against the 37-year-old nicknamed the “Predator”.

Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou FAQs

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When and where is Joshua vs Ngannou Fight?

Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou will fight on Friday, March 8 inside the Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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What are the pre-fight odds for Joshua to beat Ngannou?

Anthony Joshua is a 2/9 favourite with bet365 to win the fight, and Francis Ngannou is a 10/3 underdog with the same bookmaker.

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What time is the Joshua vs Ngannou fight and where can I watch it?

The fight is expected to start around 11pm GMT and will be broadcast live on DAZN PPV and Sky Sports PPV in the United Kingdom.

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