Joshua Steamrolls Ngannou With Vicious Second Round KO

Anthony Joshua made short work of Francis Ngannou, knocking out the former UFC Heavyweight Champion with a vicious right hand in the second round in their heavyweight main event at Knockout Chaos.

Joshua’s destruction was a reminder of both his status amongst the heavyweight elites and of the levels in boxing. While Ngannou unexpectedly held his own against Tyson Fury in his pro boxing debut, AJ put an end to the Cinderella Story in devastating fashion. 

Joshua dropped Ngannou in the opening frame with a straight right after “The Predator” switched to southpaw. While Ngannou recovered and saw the bell, the second round saw more of the same. Following another knockdown, Ngannou struggled back to his feet. Joshua pounced on the opportunity and turned the lights out with a crushing right hand in what will likely be a KO of the year contender. 

The knockout was Joshua’s 25th as a pro and marked the first time Ngannou has been finished in his short boxing and 20-fight MMA career. Joshua’s win sets him up for a key fight against the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tyson Fury.

 

In the co-feature, Joseph Parker overcame two knockdowns and defeated Zhilei Zhang by majority decision. Zhang took control early and made good on his “Big Bang” moniker, dropping Parker in the third with a straight left hand. Parker took the shot well and recovered from a second knockdown in the eighth. Outside of the two highlight shots, Parker was the busier and more accurate boxer. The New Zealander largely outworked Zhang, getting the well-deserved nod and the WBO interim heavyweight title.  

Though the win seemed to set Parker as the WBO mandatory challenger, that may not be next. Instead, a rematch clause with Zhang means the two heavyweights will likely throw down again.

Earlier on the main card, Rey Vargas and Nick Ball fought a full 12 rounds to a controversial split draw. Vargas had a strong showing in the early rounds before Ball responded with a knockdown in the eighth. After Ball scored an additional knockdown and took over the latter half of the fight, with Vargas getting on his bike and not throwing much, many thought Ball had done enough to earn the victory. The judges, however, ruled the fight a split draw.

Full Results

  • Anthony Joshua def. Francis Ngannou via second-round KO (2:38)
  • Joseph Parker def. Zhilei Zhang via majority decision (113-113, 114-112, 115-111) – Parker wins WBO interim heavyweight title
  • Rey Vargas vs. Nick Ball ruled split draw (114-112 Vargas, 116-110 Ball, 113-113)
  • Israil Madrimov def. Magomed Kurbanov via fifth-round TKO (2:25) – Madrimov wins vacant WBA super welterweight title
  • Mark Chamberlain def. Gavin Gwynne via fourth-round TKO (2:46)
  • Justis Huni def. Kevin Lerena via unanimous decision (96-94 x2, 98-92)
  • Louis Greene def. Jack McGann via first-round TKO (1:29) 
  • Roman Fury def. Martin Svarc via unanimous decision (39-37)
  • Ziyad Almaayouf def. Christian Lopez Flores via unanimous decision (60-54)
  • Andrii Novytski def. Juan Torres via third-round TKO (2:43)

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