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Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou: AJ targets 'statement' win and KO glory in heavyweight clash

Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou will meet in a heavyweight clash live on Sky Sports Box Office on Friday March 8; scroll down for booking information - how and when to book via remote or online

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Anthony Joshua is looking forward to getting back into training and not worrying about future opponents after facing Francis Ngannou on March 8

Anthony Joshua has vowed to “make a statement” and deliver a knockout victory over Francis Ngannou in Friday’s crossover super-fight in Saudi Arabia, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua is currently on a three-fight winning streak and building back towards being in world title contention, most recently despatching Otto Wallin in a dominant five-round win in December.

AJ is expecting a different test against Ngannou in their non-title contest, having seen the mixed martial arts star push Tyson Fury close in his professional boxing debut last October, although is relishing the opportunity to impress again.

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The Toe2Toe crew broke down what is at stake for Joshua in his clash against MMA fighter turned boxer Ngannou

"I believe I can knock him out," Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports. "Definitely. I would love to knock him out and make a statement.

"Physically I feel strong, feeling good. Strong enough to get the job done and mentally I'm in a place where I'm ready for war. I'm looking forward to the challenge.

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"Mentally I don't worry so much about my opponent and look at what my opponent can bring to me and think, 'how can I overcome these challenges they present?' I work really hard to up my game and look forward to showing everything I've worked on."

Ngannou: How I can KO Joshua

Ngannou knocked down Fury with a left hook during the third round of his split-decision defeat, with the 37-year-old adamant he has the boxing technique to produce a knockout victory.

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Ngannou discusses how he has prepared to face Joshua

"Of course!" Ngannou insisted. "I believe if I land on anyone, I will knock them out. The question is how to land? That's the hardest thing.

"Almost everyone in this division can knock anyone out, but how do you land or carry that power and energy from first round to fifth round to 10 rounds and still hit someone hard or knock somebody out after all the fatigue? It's a chess game."

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MMA legend Dan Hardy believes that Ngannou's 'unquantifiable power' will concern Joshua

Responding to Ngannou's comments about a potential knockout, Joshua added: I'm optimistic and I think, 'brilliant, I want that'. I want someone in front of me who thinks they can knock me out.

"But let's see how good they really are. I want to be right in front of them, making it difficult for them to achieve their goal and see how much they really want it.

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"This Friday it's going to go down, so I can't wait for the opportunity to show my skills and combat this person who thinks he can knock me out."

When is the fight and how can I book?

The event will start at 4pm, Friday March 8 on Sky Sports Box Office (Sky channel 491) and Sky Sports Box Office HD (Sky channel 492). The event is priced at £19.95 for Sky customers in the UK, €24.95 for Sky customers in the Republic of Ireland up until midnight on Thursday March 7.

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Watch this epic arcade-style blockbuster fight promo ahead of Joshua vs Ngannou on March 8

Thereafter £19.95/€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 (ROI) from midnight Friday March 8. Two repeat showings (full duration) will be shown at 6am and 4pm on Saturday March 9.

Anthony Joshua's heavyweight showdown with Francis Ngannou takes place on Friday March 8, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book Joshua v Ngannou now!

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