Anthony Joshua's message to Francis Ngannou after losing second professional bout

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BOXING Anthony Joshua's message to Francis Ngannou after losing second professional bout

Abigael Wafula 16:37 - 09.03.2024

Anthony Joshua has empathised with Francis Ngannou who once again lost a bout in his just but second professional boxing event.

British-Nigerian professional boxer Anthony Joshua has urged his rival Francis Ngannou not to quit the sport despite defeating him in just but his second professional fight in Riyadh.

Joshua knocked out the 37-year-old in the second round leaving him requiring oxygen in the ring. The bout started with Ngannou holding off tough competition from the Briton in the first round.

However, with about a minute to go in the first round, Joshua put Ngannou down and also played tactically in the second round and there appeared to be little chance of Ngannou continuing.

“On the road to the championship, you should always stay focused. I thought this was something for the broadcasters to get behind.

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“When I saw the fight with Tyson Fury, I thought I want some of that. (Ngannou) is a great champion and this doesn’t take anything away from his capabilities. I told him not to leave boxing. He’s two fights in and he fought the best,” Joshua told DAZN.

After the fight, Joshua thanked the people of Cameroon and also appreciated Ngannou for showing up to the fight.

Meanwhile, Joshua is basking in glory following his previous three wins and he has now put himself in prime position to meet the winner of the May 18 fight between Alexander Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

“The Ben Davison performance centre, I appreciate them highly. All of these guys that I worked with until this day. I’m just hungry. Stay hungry and all that good stuff.

“It only takes one shot in the heavyweight division. Joseph Parker is one of my favourite fighters, he had it tough and look at him now. I’m just doing it while I’m here and making the most of it. In five years, I won’t be fighting.

“Eddie Hearn and my team will shape my future. I’m going back to my cage and when they let me out, I’ll fight again,” he added.