Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou viewers furious over ‘shambolic’ time of delayed fight | Boxing | Sport

Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou viewers furious over 'shambolic' time of delayed fight | Boxing | Sport

Boxing fans furiously slammed the Knockout Chaos event in Saudi Arabia after the highly-anticipated clash between Francis Ngannou and Anthony Joshua was delayed. Joshua is preparing for a fierce crossover showdown with Ngannou, who impressed on his professional boxing debut against rival Tyson Fury last year.

Former two-time unified heavyweight champion Joshua was set to clash with Ngannou late on Friday night in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The lucrative fight, which is the focus of the sporting world, was set to get underway at 11:20 pm GMT – which was at around 2:20 am local time.

However, the co-main event between Zhilei Zhang and former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker hadn’t even got underway by 11 pm GMT. As a result, boxing fans around the world were disappointed and angry with the number of delays that led to the card over-running – with one saying: “Run time on this card is taking the p***, hurry up!”

“[The] amount of time between fights is a joke here,” added another. Another chirped: “Birds will be chirping by the time Joshua and Ngannou are in the ring.”

“Joshua vs Ngannou won’t be doing their ring walks until at least 3 AM local time in Riyadh Saudi Arabia,” another fan declared. Another user pointed out how the fight won’t even appeal to key boxing fanbases across the United States and Europe, writing: “The main event isn’t even guna (sic) be on at prime time in either of the key boxing markets in UK and US. And it’s not even prime time in Saudi. What’s the point?”

The delayed event threatened to leave fans uninspired before Ngannou and Joshua even set foot in the ring together. As a result, one user branded the entire event a “f****** shambles”. 

Joshua enters the clash on the back with successive wins over Jermaine Franklin, Robert Helenius, and Otto Wallin. Meanwhile, Ngannou enters his second professional boxing match on the back of a controversial split-decision defeat to Fury.

Even though he didn’t win against Fury, the WBC were impressed and have now put Ngannou in their top 10 list of title contenders. At 37 years of age, he’s hoping to get his first win, and beating Joshua would really shake things up in the boxing world – if fans are awake to watch.

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