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VIDEO: Anthony Joshua knocks out Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia

LockerRoom Team
09 March 2024

In a clash of titans that left fans breathless, Anthony Joshua unleashed one of the most ferocious knockouts in recent memory, sending former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou crashing to the canvas in the second round of their highly anticipated showdown in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The night spelled disaster for Ngannou, who had come tantalizingly close to upsetting Tyson Fury in his professional boxing debut. However, his second foray into the ring took a sharp turn south. Despite initially exuding confidence, Ngannou found himself in trouble early on, succumbing to a powerful straight right hand from Joshua in the opening round.

But the ordeal was far from over for Ngannou. Joshua, displaying his trademark precision and power, landed another punishing blow midway through the second round, flooring Ngannou once again. Although the resilient fighter managed to rise to his feet, his reprieve was short-lived.

With Ngannou still reeling, Joshua seized the moment, unleashing a devastating overhand right that found its mark with chilling accuracy. Ngannou crumbled before hitting the canvas, prompting the referee to swiftly call an end to the contest. The knockout blow came at 2:38 in the second round, leaving spectators stunned by the sheer force of Joshua's prowess.

Reflecting on his thunderous right hand that sealed Ngannou's fate, Joshua remarked, “It is what it is. He’s an inspiration so we wanted to welcome him, we broke bread together. He’s a great champion. This doesn’t take anything away from his capabilities. He can come again. I told him he shouldn’t leave boxing.”

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Following the knockout, Ngannou remained motionless on the canvas for several minutes before receiving medical attention ringside. Eventually sitting up to receive oxygen, Ngannou then rose to his feet to share a respectful moment with Joshua before exiting the ring without comment.

As the dust settles on this electrifying encounter, fans are left in awe of Joshua's commanding performance, while Ngannou contemplates his next move in the aftermath of a bruising defeat.

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