Anthony Joshua BRUTALLY knocks out Francis Ngannou in the second round


Anthony Joshua secured a stunning victory in Friday's heavyweight bout in Saudi Arabia by knocking out Francis Ngannou in devastating fashion in the second round. 

The British star asserted his dominance early on by sending Ngannou to the canvas in the first round. He continued his onslaught in the second round, knocking Ngannou down again before delivering the decisive knockout punch at 2:38 of the round, sealing an impressive victory.

The decisive blow, a powerful right hand, left Ngannou unconscious on the canvas. Ngannou, the former UFC champion, remained down for over a minute and required oxygen, as reported by the DAZN broadcast. This victory marked the fourth consecutive win for Joshua (28-3), following his back-to-back losses to Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine.

“For me, I don’t know if I’m coming into my peak,’’ he said. “I’m just pushing day by day.’’

The defeat came as a significant blow for Ngannou, especially considering his impressive performance in knocking down Tyson Fury during his professional debut in October and his strong showing in a split-decision loss. However, Joshua, the two-time world champion, demonstrated his dominance from the beginning of the bout on Friday, maintaining control throughout.

Joshua, 34, said he was captivated by Ngannou’s bout with Fury.

Recalled Joshua, “When I saw the fight with him and Fury, I was like, 'Damn, this guy can fight.' So I said, 'I need a piece of that.’ “

But after the fight started Friday, Ngannou, the 37-year-old native of Cameroon, spent almost as much time on the canvas as he did on his feet.

“He’s a great champion,’’ Joshua said of Ngannou (0-2) after scoring the 25th knockout of his career. “And this doesn’t take away anything from his capabilities. …He can come back.’'

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