Joshua vs Ngannou undercard REVEALED as another massive heavyweight clash confirmed

Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou will be the latest huge Saudi show with a terrific undercard on Friday March 8 after details were confirmed on Monday.

Two-time boxing heavyweight king Joshua (27-3) and former UFC heavyweight king Ngannou will lock horns in an eagerly-awaited showdown as ‘Riyadh Season’ rumbles on with incredible fights along the way. And they will have a pretty nice supporting cast too as promoters Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn collaborate on another blockbusting bill.

Further spice was added to proceedings on Monday when His Excellency Turki Alalshikh – Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority – said the winner will face the winner of that Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk unification match. That one is scheduled for February 17, again in Riyadh.

Joshua vs Ngannou undercard

But enough of the main event, what about the undercard? Here is what we know so far:

The heavyweight division will take further shape in the co-main feature when Chinese giant Zhilei Zhang (26-1-1, 21 KOs) defends his WBO Interim world championship against former world champion Joseph Parker (34-3, 23 KOs) from New Zealand.

Both men come into this bout with their reputations at an all-time high. Parker after he shocked Deontay Wilder on that ‘Day of Reckoning’ bill in Riyadh last month, Zhang after stellar back-to-back successes against the previously unbeaten Joe Joyce.
Elsewhere, Rey Vargas (36-1, 22 KOs), the WBC World Champion from Mexico will make a first defence of his belt when he takes on No.1 contender, the Liverpool featherweight firebrand Nick Ball (19-0, 11 KOs).
Featuring on the card is a Battle of Britain at Lightweight, where top young contender and IBF European Champion Mark Chamberlain (14-0, 10 KOs) from England will challenge for the European Champion, Welshman Gavin Gwynne (17-2-1, 5 KOs).
Also performing in Riyadh will be Australian Heavyweight hopeful Justis Huni (8-0, 4 KOs), who will be looking to make his name in the flagship division (opponent details to be included ASAP) plus Cruiserweight prospect Roman Fury (3-0, 1 KO), British Super-Welterweight Jack McGann (9-0-1, 6 KOs) and local Saudi Arabian Super-Lightweight Ziyad Almaayouf (4-0, 1 KO).