Anthony Joshua


‘He is being Heir to heavyweight throne’ He can’t beat me’ – Deontay Wilder called out by fighter Tyson Fury tipped 

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ is expected to face Zhilei Zhang in June as he looks to bounce back from a shock defeat to Joseph Parker, and will not be short of options if he returns to winning ways.

One of those is American prospect Jared Anderson, who Wilder’s former foe Tyson Fury has tipped to reach the pinnacle of the division and become the next world champion.

Anderson, who takes on Ryad Merhy on April 13, believes his domestic counterpart would be no match for him.

“I respect Deontay,” he said. “I think he has one hell of a punch.

“But he can’t beat me, and I’m just going to leave it at that. I’m too much of a well-rounded boxer, and I’m going to beat him in great fashion.

“The biggest thing they’ve been telling me is to stay the course and continue to try to get better every day.

“So that when they do pop up with that big name to put me on the map for the world to see, that I am 100-percent ready, and that I don’t have to get ready.”

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Anderson has 16 wins since starting his undefeated professional career, with his most notable victory coming against former world champion Charles Martin in June 2023.

The ‘Real Big Baby’ sparred with Fury for his showdown with Dillian Whyte in April, and the ‘Gypsy King’ was seriously impressed with the rising star.

He tipped Anderson as the ‘heir to the throne’, and it will be words that will inspire Anderson to move on to big things.

The countdown has begun” Tyson Fury , No Bad Blood With Anthony Joshua, But Focus Is on Oleksandr Usyk

The countdown has begun for the undisputed heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk rescheduled for May 18.

Fury held a press conference at Mazuma Stadium in Morecambe, U.K., alongside promoter Frank Warren on Wednesday, and a full five weeks ahead of his collision with Usyk, a separate media frenzy has begun regarding a long-discussed bout with domestic rival and two-time heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua.

The pair were set to collide in 2022, but due to contractual mishaps, Fury instead concluded a trilogy with Deontay Wilder while Joshua faced – and fell to – Usyk. Harsh words have often been traded between both camps since.

Will the bad blood linger until Fury-Joshua can finally be made?

“What about? Being called a dosser or a sausage?” Fury said. “What’s really been said? Has he ever said anything to me that’s personal – or me to him? I don’t think so.

“If he was here now, we would go for a beer over there and a jam sandwich, or I would take him out for fish and chips. I would take him back to my house to meet my kids and take a picture. What, do you think there is bad blood between two professional boxers? Behave yourself.”

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Joshua has since rebounded to become the next-best heavyweight after the two champions, with impressive stoppage victories over Otto Wallin and Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia. With Wilder falling from the pack after a loss to Joseph Parker, it’s now Joshua’s name being linked with the winner of Fury-Usyk. It has been widely reported that there have been discussions for a future bout to take place at Wembley Stadium.

“It won’t be at Wembley Stadium when that happens,” Fury said. “If you are paying $200 million for something, are you going to do it in someone else’s country? Doubt that. Maybe in the rematch, yeah – if there is a rematch.

“The way I look at it is that Joshua is an old dosser and he’s got to wait his turn because he had his chance with Usyk, and he lost fair and square. He already lost to Usyk not once, but twice. So that puts him at the back of the queue, and he has to wait until I’ve dealt with your man.

“I can’t overlook Usyk. Usyk is not going to say, ‘Alright then, I don’t want my 75 million that I’m getting in the rematch. Please just give me 50 grand to step aside.’ You really think that is going to happen? I don’t think so.”

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Tyson Fury, who will face WBO heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia on May 18, stressed that he plans to fight Joshua once in Saudi Arabia and once in London.

The British boxer noted that he can only face Joshua after beating Usyk on May 18 in an undisputed bout and then in a rematch on a yet-to-be-determined date.

According to the WBC reigning champion, Usyk, who beat Joshua twice in 2022, was paid heavily to lose to him on May 18.

“If you are Usyk and you are paid a lot of money to lose against me but you already have the rematch then why would you not want it? Unless Turki wants to give him something like £ 50 million to step aside – but as far as I know nobody wants to throw away that sort of money for free,” Fury told a press conference.

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Usyk beat the old sausage twice – Joshua lost two attempts at him. The first was a boxing lesson and the second was at least a bit closer. But he lost them both fair and square and even had a bit of a meltdown in the ring after the second one. He lost, he had his chance and he lost, so now it is my turn and Usyk’s turn and it’s not about him. But after I have dealt with Usyk twice, then I will deal with the Joshua sausage twice, once in Saudi and once over here in London. I will have two fried sausages sizzling in a pan, instead of one.”

Recall that Tyson Fury and Usyk’s fight ought to have happened before now, but the bout had to be postponed because the Briton was nursing an injury he sustained in the bout between him and crossover boxer Francis Ngannou.

Ahead of the May bout, Fury stressed that he had an advantage over Usyk even though the Ukrainian boxer came from the cruiserweight category and defeated Joshua twice.

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“It’s not personal, it’s strictly business for both fighters. There’s a lot of stuff on the line, but I don’t hate him, he doesn’t hate me”, Tyson Fury said

I respect him, as a man, as a fighter. Everyone has to respect the man’s achievements. Good fighter – I have a tough challenge in front of me. But I’m very confident in my ability and I’m very confident I’ll beat the guy. When the cruiserweights step up to the big boys, usually they get found wanting. You can beat the average big ones but you can’t beat the elite big ones, because size really matters.”

Francis Ngannou told five things he must do against Anthony Joshua in mega-fight

Ngannou takes on Joshua next week as he looks to record his first professional boxing victory, five months after almost beating Tyson Fury

Francis Ngannou has been given a long list of instructions as he prepares to take on Anthony Joshua next week.

Ngannou, who dropped Tyson Fury on his professional boxing debut last October before falling to a narrow split-decision after 10 rounds, goes into Friday’s clash as a significant underdog. Joshua has won his last three fights and knows victory could propel him into another world title fight.

One of those victories last year came against Jermain Franklin and the heavyweight has offered Ngannou some advice ahead of his second boxing bout. “Francis needs to do these five things,” he told Action Network. “1. He needs to come out fast and bully AJ, Joshua does not like to be bullied. 2. He must use his jab to set up his power, he cannot look for one shot to take him out. 3. Francis needs to stay patient and wait for the opening like he did with Fury. 4. He will need to take AJ’s power, and if he can do that, he has a major chance to win. 5. He must focus on working the body and using angles to counter AJ’s power.”

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Joshua, meanwhile, will not simply bulldoze his way through Ngannou and must seek to wear out the mixed martial artist-turned-boxer before landing any knockout blow, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Ngannou may have lost the element of surprise after a staggering professional boxing debut last October when the former UFC heavyweight champion knocked down Tyson Fury before losing a debatable decision.

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He will look to prove his performance was no fluke on March 8 against Joshua , who hopes to put himself in the shop window for a crack at British compatriot Fury or a trilogy meeting against Oleksandr Usyk.

But promoter Hearn thinks Ngannou poses a sizeable challenge despite his novice status and is unlikely to fold as so many of Joshua’s past opponents have done when confronted by his frightening punch power.

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“It’s definitely a fight with a lot of jeopardy,” Hearn told the PA news agency. “You really have to be on your guard for this fight, you’ve got to be razor-sharp. Francis has surprised everybody. He’s one stubborn competitor and it’s not going to be easy, you’ll have to knock him down and keep banging and banging and banging away.

Francis Ngannou addresses experience mismatch with Anthony Joshua, reveals what he is “counting on” to emerge victorious

Francis Ngannou feels that his fire will lead to a win over Anthony Joshua later this month.

‘The Predator’ and ‘Anthony Joshua’ are currently set to collide on March 8 in Saudi Arabia. For Ngannou, the boxing match will just be the second of his career. Last October, the former UFC champion nearly upset Tyson Fury, even dropping the boxer en route to a split-decision defeat.

Now, back in Saudi Arabia, the PFL heavyweight is once again the underdog. Next Friday, Ngannou will look to defeat a former two-time champion in the form of Joshua. The British boxer enters the matchup riding a three-fight winning streak, last demolishing Otto Wallin in December.

Ngannou will have to try to bridge the experience gap to defeat Anthony Joshua next week. However, the former UFC champion doesn’t really view the fight like that, as he mentioned in a recent interview with Queensbury Promotions.

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In the interview, the PFL heavyweight contender stated that he’s trying hard not to focus on the experience advantage of ‘AJ’. Instead, he’s focusing on his intangibles. Ngannou stated:

We are not going there talking about [boxing] skills or experience or anything to compare that. We are so far from each other in that sense. But the only thing I count on is my determination, my dedication, my will, my fire.”

Who is expected to win in Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou? Current betting odds

Francis Ngannou is again the underdog against Anthony Joshua.

‘The Predator’ famously entered his boxing debut last fall against Tyson Fury as a massive underdog. However, Ngannou famously dropped and nearly upset ‘The Gypsy King’. Ultimately, Fury managed to escape with a split-decision win last October.

Still, the MMA fighter’s performance impressed many and guaranteed that he would get another high-profile boxing match. After Deontay Wilder’s upset loss to Joseph Parker last December, Ngannou was slotted in to face Joshua.

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However, while Francis Ngannou impressed many fans and fighters, he’s again the underdog for his return. According to the current betting odds from MGM, Anthony Joshua is a slight -350 favorite. Meanwhile, the MMA fighter returns as a +275 underdog.

It’s worth noting that while the odds will likely change by fight night, it seems guaranteed that Ngannou will enter the underdog. Then again, if there’s anyone who could shock the odds, it’s ‘The Predator’.

Anthony Joshua has swapped cheap Asda suits for multi-million-pound fight nights

Anthony Joshua has swapped supermarket suits for multi-million-pound fight nights.

Joshua turned professional in 2013 having won Olympic gold in London the year before. He opted to partner with Eddie Hearn and in 2021 signed a ‘career contract’ with the promoter.

Joshua will add to his huge bank balance next week when he takes on former UFC heavyweight world champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia, four months after the Cameroonian dropped Tyson Fury en-route to a narrow points defeat in the Middle East.

“I used to get my stuff from ASDA; George, ASDA!,” he told Matchroom Boxing. “I’d take it to a tailor and get it chopped up for a tenner, then come and present myself to the world. You must remember up until this point, the only time I’d ever really have to wear suits was to court dates or funerals – now I’m doing big business.

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“From a young age, I always had a hustler’s head on my shoulders so I could stand strong with Eddie Hearn – an educated man, who’s come from a good family. I’ve come from a good family too, but for me, personally education wasn’t always my main priority. I felt like at this stage in my life, boxing wasn’t the hard part. Making sure my business was in the right order was the hardest part.”

Joshua’s partnership with Hearn led him to become a two-time heavyweight world champion – with a third reign a real prospect if he can overcome Ngannou. And the 34-year-old added: There’s a saying in boxing, where boxing is the only jungle where the lions are afraid of the rats – because you’ve seen what many other promoters have done to boxers before. It wasn’t so long ago, in the 1980s and 90s, when athletes were being taken advantage of by some. It’s such a shame because you see them today – and these are my heroes, and the heroes of so many others – and they’re the guys who really made the boxing industry work.

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“Thankfully, Eddie has proven to me to be one of the best in the business. The Hearn family and Matchroom Boxing have stuck to their word, so I’ve stuck with them, and I would advise anyone in boxing to look at them as a promoter and a promotional outfit. They taught me, not only how to navigate my career, but they gave me access to help understand how the business fronts.”

‘Double knockout’ ending teased for Anthony Joshua’s fight with Francis Ngannou

Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou will face off in the ring next Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the chance to earn an undisputed world title shot.

Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou have filmed a ‘double knockout’ ending for their fight. The pair were filming a trailer for their heavyweight showdown, which ended in both of them knocking each other out. The bout takes place in Saudi Arabia this month.

Joshua, a former two-time heavyweight world champion, will face UFC icon Ngannou next Friday in Riyadh. The winner will get the chance to compete for an undisputed world title. This will be Ngannou’s second professional boxing match after he knocked down Tyson Fury in his debut last October but lost in a controversial decision.

The promotional video for their fight, inspired by Street Fighter, is being called ‘Knockout Chaos’. It shows the two fighters going head-to-head in various cities, before they both knock each other out in the ring. The words ‘Game Over’ then appear on the screen.

Fans loved the trailer, with one saying: “That might be the coolest fight promo I’ve ever seen. A second user added: “Thoughts on the double KO ending? I guess it was chaotic.”

A final comment read: “This may be the best promo for a fight I’ve ever seen. Also I’m so hyped for this fight! This is going to be a good one for sure.”

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The promotion for the fight is at an all-time high, with its own game where fans can play as either Joshua or Ngannou and try to knock each other out. Joshua has said that his fight against Ngannou is one of the toughest challenges of his career, while the former UFC champion seemed surprised by his rival’s attitude.

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“Anthony Joshua never trash talks, his personality is more serious unlike Tyson Fury who is more like a playboy. I think when it comes to fighting, they both know how to fight and that’s what I’m focused on. He might have been nervous but that doesn’t mean anything,” Ngannou told Mirror Fighting.

“In fact I think being nervous means he is taking things very serious. It’s very important because he’s going to do his best to show up on the day with everything.”

Ngannou also refused to look too deeply into Joshua’s refusal of a knockout prediction. He added: “Refusing to say doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want it. I think that he’s just being sceptic.”

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Joshua, meanwhile, told BBC Sport: “He gave Fury an unbelievable fight. I thought ‘hang on a minute here’. The fight was not something I was looking at straight away, but that’s someone who is going to cause a bit of chaos in the heavyweight division.”

Joshua continued: “In three years of coming into boxing I became Olympic champion. In three years as a professional I became a world champion. You don’t have to have a whole heap of experience.”

Francis Ngannou is a big risk for Anthony Joshua and boxing world is divided on fighters with immense knockout power – here’s who they see winning

Most experts are backing Anthony Joshua to overcome Francis Ngannou next week but a few brave ones are going against the grain.

On March 8, two of the hardest hitters from the worlds of MMA and boxing collide at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Joshua will be bidding to save boxing’s reputation after the Cameroonian cage fighter dropped and almost stopped Tyson Fury during their nip-and-tuck affair in October.

Ahead of the Fury fight few gave Ngannou even the slimmest chance of victory but many felt he had done enough to win it when the final bell sounded.

It’s a similar story here, with most anticipating that Joshua, a two-time unified heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist, should get the better of the boxing novice – although not everyone agrees.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at some stand-out industry picks for Joshua vs Ngannou.

Who is backing Ngannou?

Dan Hardy

Former UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy was one of the few experts who stuck his neck out and picked Ngannou to ‘surprise’ Fury.

And, he was equally insistent on Ngannou’s chances against Joshua when he caught up with talkSPORT.come earlier this week.

“First of all, he’s got the confidence that he can do 10 rounds now after doing 10 rounds against Fury, which means that we’re going to get a Ngannou who is going to be more willing to engage and more willing to push a pace.

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“Rather than kind of stand his ground and pick his punches like he did against Fury.

“I feel like he’s going to be a bit more of a bully against AJ. And I don’t think that works out very well for AJ because you’ve got to remember he’s in the process of rebuilding himself right now.

“Ngannou is 0-1 in professional boxing, and he’s a huge, huge risk for AJ. Now, Fury is going to look at that risk and go ‘yeah, okay, but I’ve got the skills, I’ll be able to tie him up and make him miss, etc, etc.

“I don’t know as AJ has got that same kind of internal confidence that just emanates from him like it does from Fury.

“And I think if, for example, AJ hits the canvas like Fury did, does he get back up with the same kind of confidence to be able to regroup? I’m not so sure.”

Martin Bakole

You will be hard-pressed to find boxers who are genuinely backing Ngannou to beat Joshua but one of them is Congolese heavyweight Martin Bakole.

Bakole has shared several rounds of sparring with Joshua over the years but he is backing Ngannou to knock the Brit out after watching the Fury fight.

“He [Fury] took Ngannou easy, not too serious. He thought he would stop him by round five but Ngannou took it serious and thought that if he stops Tyson Fury he will make a name for himself in boxing.

“To be honest, Joshua is going to be different [to Fury] because Joshua saw Ngannou was coming to box [versus Fury] as well, he will take it serious.

“He is a good man, he has got a good heart and he’s got everything up there, if he lands on Joshua, I think that he will stop him because this time he is taking it seriously as well and he will be working hard on it [his boxing skills].”

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Who is backing Joshua?

Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton believes Joshua has ‘enough firepower’ to shine against Ngannou.

“If you’re asking where my money would go, it would go on AJ because he’s an exceptional boxer, you don’t become an Olympic gold medalist and a two-time world champion for nothing,” he said.

“He doesn’t have the lateral movement of Tyson Fury, so he’s going to be standing in front of Francis Ngannou, which worries me a little bit because if AJ does cop one, that could be that.

“But I’m going to go with AJ based on his confidence and his new team. I think he’ll have enough firepower to shine against Ngannou.”

Amir Khan

Amir Khan expects Joshua to learn from Fury’s mistakes and get the better of Ngannou.

“I don’t know if Tyson took his foot off the gas, not expecting what he came to do,” Khan told the Sun.

“So I’m sure he’s going to be on his A-game. He’s not going to make the same mistakes and he’s going to train very hard for this fight.

“Because like I said, maybe Tyson overlooked him and thought it was going to be a walk in the park but really he surprised us all.

“So I think this is only going to make Joshua train even harder. But, I got Joshua winning.

Johnny Nelson

Johnny Nelson is extremely confident that Joshua will do the business next week.

“I think he [Joshua] comes through it with flying colours,” Nelson told Sky Sports.

“I think Joshua wants to be world champion again, I think Joshua knows what responsibility he will have. He will know ‘I just have to get through this fight and get the win’ because of the big pot of gold at the end of it.

“Joshua knows he can punch. Joshua knows he has the knockout ability to get rid of him so I would not be surprised if Anthony Joshua thought ‘I am going to stay in the pocket and knock you out’.

“Common sense would be, if you use your boxing ability, it is day and night. But it is the devil in the detail and that is where the problem might lie.”

‘Most avoided heavyweight on the planet’ will be a nightmare for Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk

As promoter of Boxxer, Ben Shalom looks after some of boxing’s most exciting fighters. Here, in his second exclusive column for talkSPORT.com, he talks about one in particular…

Martin Bakole is the most avoided man in the glamour division and can beat every heavyweight on the planet on his day.

Bakole showed just how good he is against Carlos Takam in September.

He came in extremely overweight, having picked up an injury that had made it difficult for him to train, yet he still managed to blast the Frenchman out in four rounds.

Seven months earlier, we had witnessed Takam roll back the years by destroying Tony Yoka in Paris.

This was supposed to be a tough night on paper, but Bakole made it look easy.


The Congolese puncher is an incredibly dangerous fight for anyone at his weight.

He has all of the physical attributes needed to reach the top of the sport.

His stamina is excellent, he’s extremely strong and on top of all of that, he is a very good boxer.

It’s only a matter of time before he will be dining at the top table with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

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Without a doubt, he causes all of them real problems. They all know what a hard night’s work he will be.

If you asked them what they thought of him, they would agree that he has everything.

He’s not someone who is going to be easily outclassed by Usyk, he’s not someone that Fury can lean on and dictate with his size and he’s not someone that Joshua can blow away.


He matches anyone for boxing ability. I’m not going to sit here and tell you how he beats every one of them individually, that’s for his team to work out.

But what I will say is that none of them will want to fight Bakole.

He is probably at the top of their lists for nights they don’t want to have which is the biggest compliment you can pay to a fighter.

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Beyond that Manuel Charr is fighting Kubrat Pulev for the ‘Regular’ belt so there are opportunities in the WBA.

I know Bakole is eyeing up the 50th anniversary of the Rumble in the Jungle in Congo this year.

He is undoubtedly the biggest Congolese fighter on the planet so there are some personal goals for him to achieve as well.

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Former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has said that he is ready to fight Francis Ngannou stating that the former UFC champion had a good outing against current WBC champion Tyson Fury, The PUNCH reports.

The clash between Joshua and Ngannou is billed to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on March 8, 2024.

Ngannou shocked the world when he dropped undefeated boxer Fury in the third round of their bout last October but he eventually lost the bout in a split decision.

“I just feel to myself I will always be here and ready to fight any time,” the 34-year-old told Sky Sports ahead of his bout against Ngannou.

“He (Ngannou) had a good outing as well against Tyson Fury who is the current WBC champion. So I think it will be good for me to see where I’m at.”

Sequence of elite opponents

Throughout his career, Joshua has taken on a sequence of elite opponents, from Wladimir Klitschko to Oleksandr Usyk, with Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and many more in between.

However, obvious omissions from Joshua’s CV are American knockout specialist Deontay Wilder and rival Fury.

Joshua however points out that even though bouts with those opponents never came to fruition, he has previously agreed to fight both men to highlight that he does not avoid big fights.

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“You now what it proved to me, I’ve signed to fight Fury, I’ve signed to fight Wilder, I’ve signed to fight a lot of people,” he told Sky Sports.

“I just do good business. I’m a good prizefighter, I don’t duck a challenge. I’m always up for it. I just feel to myself I’ll always be here and ready to fight any time.”

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Joshua and Fury looked to have struck a deal to fight in 2021 in Saudi Arabia before the Gypsy King was ordered to face Wilder himself for a third time following an arbitration.

WBC title after his second loss to Usyk

Then the following year, Fury made an offer to Joshua to fight for his WBC title after his second loss to Usyk, before setting him a string of deadlines to agree the fight, and eventually calling it off after the Watford-born star failed to return his contract in time.

Speaking of talks with Wilder, Joshua added that the fight was not dead in the water saying, “We met up, we spoke to lawyers, we signed contracts, all that good stuff.