Boxing: Anthony Joshua wins Ngannou with brutal second-round knockout

By Nudoiba Ojen

Two-time world champion Anthony Joshua knocked out mixed martial arts star Francis Ngannou in the second round of their heavyweight clash in Saudi Arabia the early hours of Saturday.

Joshua knocked down his Cameroonian opponent, Ngannou, in the first round and twice more in the second in a brutal and brief exhibition of punching power.

Ngannou, 37, a former UFC heavyweight champion, was taking part in only his second professional boxing match.

He  lost a split decision to Tyson Fury in an October fight that saw him put the WBC champion on the canvas in the third round.

“I thought this fight was something for the broadcasters to get behind,” Joshua told broadcaster DAZN after his quickfire victory.

“When I saw the fight with Tyson Fury, I thought, ‘I want some of that’. He is a great champion and this doesn’t take anything away from his capabilities.

“I told (Ngannou) not to leave boxing. He’s two fights in and he fought the best.”

Joshua, a former unified WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion, went into the fight on the back of three successive wins.

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