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Joshua labelled Ngannou “a gimmick” within the heavyweight division when the previous UFC star fought world champion Fury again in October.

But now the British heavyweight has the problem of dealing with Ngannou, and proclaimed he would “take his soul” within the ring of their rumble in Riyadh.

There is greater than slightly jeopardy for Joshua when the 2 big punchers collide in an occasion labelled ‘Knockout Chaos’, with the 2 fighters coming nose to nose in London to publicise the occasion.

The march in direction of the Middle East continues, with extra ties and deeper funding. There is not any “gimmick” within the progress of boxing’s massive combat presence in Saudi Arabia. Saudi minister Turki Al-Sheikh, the chairman of the General Authority for Entertainment and Riyadh Season, has signalled his intent and signed Joseph Parker and Zhilei Zhang to the March card.

Rival British promoters Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn will even duke it out with a card later this 12 months, bringing 5 fighters from every of their stables to go up towards one another. Warren and Hearn shook fingers on stage because the Saudi Minister introduced the deal – with extra to come back, not least Tyson Fury’s undisputed heavyweight showdown with Oleksandr Usyk in Riyadh. Fury is already in Saudi Arabia for an eight-week camp and Ngannou leaves for the Kingdom on Tuesday.

Promoter George Warren, Frank Warren’s son who’s working carefully with Al-Sheikh, instructed Telegraph Sport: “I believe they’re here for the long term in the sport. This is just getting bigger and bigger, and the investment in boxing is here for the long term.”

His father, Frank, has mentioned boxing “is being revolutionised”. Boxing’s propensity for politics and tendency in direction of procrastination is being turned on its head with these match-ups, that are bringing collectively the best fighters of their prime.

The subsequent two months carry two of the most important heavyweight occasions of the 12 months: Fury has his work reduce out towards Usyk with two undefeated fighters sharing an era-defining, legacy-creating second in February. Joshua places his personal fame on the road towards the damaging Ngannou, whose storyline from rising up in poverty and digging in a sand quarry as an adolescent to turning into an all-conquering cage fighter in Las Vegas is a Hollywood script in itself. From there, there’s the opportunity of it resulting in the most important, richest all-British combat of all time: Fury versus Joshua. It might occur. It is getting nearer.

Joshua, contemporary from an excellent efficiency towards Otto Wallin in December and newly rejuvenated below younger coach Ben Davison, is flying excessive at current. It confirmed in his business-like manner within the face of Ngannou, bedecked in a golden cape to the Briton’s track-suited apparel.