Anthony Joshua is soon set to take to the ring in a historic heavyweight about, facing a former mixed martial arts star who has already knocked down a boxing great. The fight in Riyadh will be a fourth in the space of 11 months for Joshua (27-3, 24KOs), who is trying to boost his hopes of becoming a three-time world heavyweight champion.

It's widely accepted that 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 Tyson Fury and WBA, IBF and WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, who has already beaten Joshua twice.

However, before Joshua can think about his next fight, he has a tricky opponent in his way, Francis Ngannou. The former UFC heavyweight champion knocked down Fury before losing a debatable decision back in October, stunning many fight fans with his transition to a new sport. Ngannou will be out to prove his performance was no fluke against Joshua.

When is Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou?

The event will start at around 3pm-4pm GMT, Friday, March 8 and will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is taking place on a Friday due to the country's Grand Prix at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit being held on the same weekend. The main event ringwalks are scheduled for around 11pm, but these timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights.

How to watch Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou

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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Anthony Joshua v Francis Ngannou undercard

It isn't just Joshua and Ngannou fighting on Friday, March 9. The following fighters will also be heading into the ring:

  • Zhilei Zhang vs Joseph Parker; for Zhang's WBO interim heavyweight title
  • Rey Vargas vs Nick Ball; for Vargas' WBC featherweight title
  • Israil Madrimov vs. Magomed Kurbanov; For the vacant WBA super welterweight title
  • Gavin Gwynne vs. Mark Chamberlain; Lightweight
  • Justis Huni vs. Kevin Lerena; Heavyweight
  • Jack McGann vs Louis Green; Super welterweight
  • Roman Fury vs. TBA; Cruiserweight
  • Ziyad Almaayouf vs Christian Loopes Flores; Super lightweight
  • Andrii Novytskyi vs. Juan Torres; Heavyweight