Derek Chisora makes KO prediction after shockingly claiming Francis Ngannou is Anthony Joshua’s toughest opponent ever

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Derek Chisora thinks Anthony Joshua is in for a tough fight against Francis Ngannou.

The former two-time heavyweight boxing champion hopes to put himself back into the title mix by beating Ngannou at ‘Knockout Chaos’ in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on March 8.

Two heavy hitters will clash in Saudi Arabia on Friday

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Two heavy hitters will clash in Saudi Arabia on FridayCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom

Naturally, AJ is fancied to get the job done against an MMA fighter, who only made his boxing debut against WBC heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury last October.

Ngannou dropped Fury but ended up falling to a controversial split decision loss.

Joshua has fought Dillian Whyte, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Andy Ruiz and Oleksandr Usyk during his 30-fight pro boxing career – but Chisora thinks Ngannou is his toughest opponent to date.

‘Del Boy’ insists Ngannou’s lack of experience makes him a more difficult opponent than the long list of world-class fighters his compatriot has previously faced.

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“This is AJ’s hardest fight of all his fights,” Chisora told talkSPORT Fight Night.

“It’s the unknown. [Ngannou] has only got 10 rounds with Tyson Fury, the rest is in MMA. It was just rough fighting, uppercuts and all that craziness.

“On top of that, there’s so much pressure on AJ because he’s representing boxing, he’s representing all of us right now. For himself, for his name, and his dignity.

“It comes with so much pressure when you’re fighting somebody you don’t know, who is not a great fighter. Remember, he’s only got 10 rounds with Tyson Fury and in one of the rounds he dropped Tyson Fury.

Chisora expects AJ will have to endure a tough night at the office

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Chisora expects AJ will have to endure a tough night at the officeCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom
But ultimately he expects Joshua to win by KO

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But ultimately he expects Joshua to win by KOCredit: Instagram – Derek Chisora

“So, it’s the unknown and this will be his hardest fight ever.”

Despite talking up Ngannou as an opponent, Chisora believes that Joshua will ultimately pass his toughest test to date with flying colours.

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He predicted: “It’s going to be a hard fight for him, but I can guarantee you this, [Joshua] is going to knock him out.”

A big performance would put Joshua in the perfect position to challenge the winner of Fury and Usyk’s historic four-belt undisputed fight on May 18.

If they choose to rematch, Joshua will most likely try to become a three-time world champion by fighting Filip Hrgovic for the vacant IBF heavyweight title instead.

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