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Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou: Boxing, MMA stars react to the brutal ‘AJ’ knockout blow

Stars from boxing and mixed martial arts react to Joshua’s thunderous KO of Ngannou

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Anthony Joshua made Francis Ngannou look like a fish out of water on Friday. Joshua knocked down Ngannou twice in their main event boxing match before laying him out with a thunderous knockout in Round 2.

Ngannou had not been stopped in 22 professional fights — 20 in mixed martial arts and one apiece in boxing and kickboxing — heading into Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday. He looked like a marvel taking WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to a split decision in October. In that fight, Ngannou stunned the world by scoring a knockdown, which helped fuel the interest in seeing him against more top heavyweight stars in boxing.

Against Joshua, however, Ngannou was completely out of his depth. Take a look below at how stars from boxing and MMA, including Jake Paul, Ryan Garcia and champions from each sport, reacted to Joshua’s terrifying KO of Ngannou.

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