Joshua vs Ngannou: When do the heavyweights enter the ring for Friday’s showdown in Saudi Arabia

Anthony Joshua faces Francis Ngannou in heavyweight clash on Friday, live on Sky Sports Box Office; ring walks in Saudi Arabia expected at around 11pm UK and Ireland time after undercard that features Zhilei Zhang vs Joseph Parker

Image: Anthony Joshua faces Francis Ngannou at around 11pm on Friday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office

Anthony Joshua faces Francis Ngannou on Friday night, but what time will the big-hitting heavyweights enter the ring in Saudi Arabia?

When is the fight?

Joshua and Ngannou will meet in a 10-round heavyweight clash on Friday with the ring walks for the main event expected at 11pm UK time. Coverage of the build-up begins at 4pm on Sky Sports Box Office with two hours of the undercard on Sky Sports Action from 4pm.

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How do I book the fight and how much is it?

The event is priced at £19.95 for Sky customers in the UK and €24.95 for Sky customers in the Republic of Ireland up until midnight on Thursday March 7.

Thereafter it will be £19.95 or €24.95 across all “self-service” bookings (remote control/online) or £24.95 / €29.95 if booked via the phone (either IVR or agent) but note an additional £2 booking fee if via an agent will apply.

The event price will revert back to £19.95 / €24.95 from midnight Friday March 8.

Where is the fight taking place – and why is it on a Friday?

The bout will take place at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is happening on Friday due to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – which is live on Sky Sports – running at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit on the Saturday.

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Joseph Parker says he has worked on a few strategies to beat Zhilei Zhang

Who is on the undercard?

Joseph Parker, who upset Deontay Wilder in his last fight, will take on Zhilei Zhang for the WBO interim heavyweight title.

Unbeaten Liverpool fighter Nick Ball will challenge Rey Vargas for the WBC featherweight title, while in an all-British bout, Mark Chamberlain will fight Gavin Gwynne for the European lightweight championship.

Australian heavyweight prospect Justis Huni, Tyson Fury’s brother Roman Fury, British super-welterweight Jack McGann and local fighter Ziyad Almaayouf will also be in action.

  • Zhilei Zhang vs Joseph Parker
  • Nick Ball vs Rey Vargas – (WBC featherweight title)
  • Israil Madrimov vs Magomed Kurbanov – (WBA super-welterweight title)
  • Mark Chamberlain vs Gavin Gwynne (European lightweight championship)
  • Andrii Novytskyi vs Juan Torres
  • Justis Huni vs Kevin Lerena
  • Ziyad Almaayouf vs Christian Lopes Flores
  • Roman Fury vs Martin Svarc
  • Jack McGann vs Louis Greene

Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight showdown with Francis Ngannou takes place on Friday March 8, live on Sky Sports Box Office with the main event expected around 11pm. Book now!


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