Francis Ngannou has sent a warning to the sport of boxing after a dazzling debut against Tyson Fury back in October 2023. In the final press conference before the former MMA heavyweight champion takes on Anthony Joshua, Ngannou said he's just getting started in his new sport.

World heavyweight champion Fury was seated in the front row in Riyadh to listen to what boxing novice Ngannou and compatriot Joshua had to say ahead of the 10-rounder in Saudi Arabia. The city hosted Ngannou's maiden contest in the ring when he lost narrowly in a split decision to Fury, which saw him knock down the Brit.

With the British heavyweight, who will face Oleksandr Usyk in a rearranged undisputed bout on May 18 watching on, Ngannnou said: "I really think I haven’t shocked the world. I am still in the factory building, training, learning and I think when I am really going to get it, that is when the world will be shocked."

"As I said, I am just getting started. So, I am really looking for the victory on Friday night but I don't think that will make the heavy statement of my career because the road is still long and I really intend to gain a lot of major victories like this. One over Tyson. One more over Tyson because I had the first one over him and I intend to have the second one."

Ngannnou's opponent, Joshua, is positioning himself as first in line for the next mega-fight. Joshua is aiming to face the winner of the rearranged clash between WBC champion and long-time rival Fury and WBA, IBF and WBO champion Usyk, who has already beaten Joshua twice.

A loss to Ngannou could see AJ's hopes of appearing in the next blockbuster fight dashed. Meanwhile, Ngannou is already eyeing another bout with Fury, who shouted at the star that he is going to: "Wipe the ring with your a*** again. You wipe the ring with your a***.

"I already tell you, you're only chance is in the boxing ring with the boxing rules. When you step out, you better stay five metres away before I stop your s*** because if I lose it, you’re going to have a really bad time my friend."

How to watch Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou

The event will start at around 3pm-4pm GMT, Friday, March 8, while the main event ringwalks are scheduled for around 11pm. You can watch Joshua v Ngannou through Sky Sports Box Office or on the DAZN streaming platform. The DAZN UK PPV (pay-per-view) price will be £19.99 and this includes a free one month DAZN subscription - you can get the limited time deal by clicking here.

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