Anthony Joshua faces former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in 'Knockout Chaos'

Ngannou is coming off the back of an epic encounter with heavyweight royalty Tyson Fury, who he floored in their fight. Not only was it his first bout, but many fans believed that the 37-year-old was more deserving of the win, which was awarded to Fury via split decision.

Joshua notched up a victory against Otto Wallin in December, and is now looking for his 28th professional win. The pair lock horns on Friday, March 8 at roughly 11pm (UK time).

Typically, boxing matches take place on a Saturday night, so why is it different this time around?


Why is Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou on a Friday?

Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou is taking place on a Friday because Riyadh is also hosting the Formula One Grand prix on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on the same weekend.

F1 fans might be wondering why the Grand Prix isn't taking place on the regular Sunday slot, but this is because the scehdule has been altered in order to accommodate for Ramadan. This means that the race weekend starts on Thursday and finishes on Saturday instead.

Joshua will be keen to prove himself after losing his titles to Oleksandr Usyk in back-to-back fights. Since then, the 34-year-old heavyweight has won three bouts in a row, albeit against less-notable opposition.