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Anthony Joshua makes statement, improves to 13-0 (13 KOs)
The Klitschko brothers have dominated the world heavyweight title scene for more than 10 years. But with the retirement of of Vitali Klitschko and the rise of newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, the reemergence of Alexander Povetkin, and the rise of unbeaten Tyson Fury, distant future of the heavyweight division appears to be competitive despite Wladimir Klitschko’s unrelenting grasp of the unified world heavyweight championship.
Anthony Joshua, the upcoming 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Great Britain, could have a future as a world heavyweight champion in years to come.
Joshua, the 25 year-old, 6’ 6,” 235-pound mammoth, appeared on the undercard of Kell Brooks’ IBF welterweight title defense against Frankie Gavin last Saturday at the O2 World Arena in London. Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs), in the biggest fight of his professional career, fought former world title challenger Kevin Johnson (29-6-1, 7 KOs). The American-born Johnson has never been stopped in his career prior to facing Joshua. Johnson also challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title in December 2009, but lost a 12-round decision.
Joshua, who won each of his previous twelve professional fights by knockout, was impressive against Johnson. Joshua’s single jab-punches easily sent Johnson backwards. Johnson, recognized as boxer and not a solid puncher, went down to the canvas after a single punch late in the first round. When Johnson returned to his feet he managed to survive the round, but was cut like a dead turkey in round two. A barrage of punches sends Johnson down to the canvas a second time which prompted a good stoppage by the referee.
Joshua made a statement by defeating a former heavyweight title contender in a matter of minutes using tremendous power. He showed a lot of patience, good balance, and a measured attack which is important for a professional fighter to develop.
“This shows I have the power but there were times when I was on the inside that I could have been more explosive,” Joshua said. “So far so good, but in the back of my mind I know it’s going to get tougher.”
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Promotions is reportedly looking into a heavyweight clash with Manuel Charr, who fought both Johnson and challenged Klitschko for the WBC title in September 2012.