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Anthony Joshua knocks out Ngannou in second round, asserts heavyweight dominance

In the aftermath, Joshua acknowledged the impact of trainer Ben Davison, emphasizing the need to face the winner of Fury and Usyk to determine the best in the division.

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Anthony Joshua knocks out Ngannou in second round, asserts heavyweight dominance

British-Nigerian heavyweight boxer, Anthony Joshua, made a powerful statement in the heavyweight division by securing a destructive second-round knockout against Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.

In the much-anticipated bout, Joshua, 34, demonstrated his prowess by flooring UFC champion Ngannou in both the first and second rounds. The referee halted the contest as Ngannou, 37, appeared to be out cold, requiring medical attention.

Joshua asserted his dominance, stating, “I’m going back to my cage and when they let me out, I’ll fight again.” WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury observed from ringside as Joshua delivered a decisive victory.

The win marked Joshua’s fourth in 11 months, aligning with his ambition to recapture a world title. Promoter Eddie Hearn urged Joshua to face the winner of the upcoming Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk match.

Joshua emphasized his future plans, stating, “In five years, I won’t be fighting. Eddie Hearn and my team will shape my future.”

The event faced delays, with the main bout starting at 03:20 local time. Joshua’s strategic and composed approach showcased his technical improvement, culminating in a spectacular knockout.

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While critics question Saudi Arabia’s use of sporting events to improve its image, the spectacle featured notable figures like Amir Khan, Manny Pacquiao, Jose Mourinho, and Ronaldo.

In the aftermath, Joshua acknowledged the impact of trainer Ben Davison, emphasizing the need to face the winner of Fury and Usyk to determine the best in the division.

Ngannou, despite the defeat, remains a proven winner, set to return to MMA later this year with the PFL, continuing his remarkable journey from a sand quarry worker to UFC champion.

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