Anthony Joshua

Born in October 1989 (28 years old), Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua is a world heavyweight champion of boxing and arguably one of the most active heavyweights who is regularly competing. He has held the IBF title since 2016 and the IBO and WBA titles since 2017. He has also competed in the Olympic games in the past; winning the gold medal in 2012. Joshua is known for his fierce punching power and his ability to win fights in the form of a knockout. He also holds the tenth-longest combined title winning streak in the history of modern boxing. In other words, Anthony Joshua is not to be taken lightly.

Anthony Joshua’s Next Fight

Anthony Joshua is soon due to fight fellow heavyweight Joseph Parker. The fight will take place on March 31st, 2018 at Principality stadium in Cardiff. While Joshua is known for his punching power, Parker is slightly younger. Parker has also been shown to go the distance as opposed to primarily winning by knockout. This match should be interesting. Will Joshua have the endurance to go the distance or will he instead choose to headhunt in the early rounds? Will Parker use his reach to keep a greater distance and wear Joshua down over time? Only time will tell and this bout will certainly prove to be interesting.

Anthony Joshua’s Record

Anthony Joshua is unique in the fact that he has not lost any of his 20 professional matches. Also, these matches have been won by knockout. Under his IBF heavyweight title, he fought opponents such as Charles Martin and Dominic Breazeale. As unified heavyweight champion, notable matches include Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam. He has never gone the full 12 rounds; instead preferring to chop his opponents down (generally) in the first half of the bouts. The longest match was 11 rounds against Klitschko when he won by means of TKO.

Anthony Joshua

Boxing – Anthony Joshua & Joseph Parker Press Conference – London, Britain – January 16, 2018 Anthony Joshua and trainer Rob McCracken during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge @scanpix

Anthony Joshua Vs. Wladimir Klitschko

Joshua knew from the very beginning that Klitschko was not a fighter to be taken lightly. Both played it cautious until the fifth round. This was the first time that Klitschko was knocked to the canvas. Klitschko quickly returned fire for the remainder of the round and scored a knockdown in round six. It was round eleven that decided the bout. Joshua dominated Klitschko and knocked him down twice. The referee soon stopped the fight with Klitschko against the ropes. Joshua won by TKO.

Anthony Joshua Vs. Takam

The initial rounds of this fight saw tentative approaches being taken by both fighters. Takam accidentally headbutted Joshua in the second round and it was initially that he broke his nose. This was matched by a cut above the right eye of Takam; slightly impairing his vision. A further cut was opened above his left eye in the seventh round. Takam dominated the eight and ninth rounds as Joshua appeared to be backing off. However, this all changed when he opened up in the tenth and final round of the fight. A clear right uppercut immediately followed by a flurry of punches caused the referee to step in and stop the fight at 1 minute and 34 seconds. Some felt that the stoppage was premature and yet, the decision was upheld by the judges.

Anthony Joshua 2018

Anthony Joshua is not nearly past his prime, so power should not really present an issue. We should also note that at a height of 6’6” (198 centimetres), he is also one of the tallest heavyweights on the market. He utilises the orthodox stance and a reach of 82 inches (208 centimetres) has always proved challenging to shorter opponents.

Anthony Joshua’s Social Media Presence

Anthony Joshua maintains an official website. He also likes to interact with his fans on a regular basis. Some of the portals which he currently uses include:
Instagram
Twitter
YouTube
Facebook
Pinterest

Anthony Joshua: The Way to Cardiff

There is no doubt that his previous wins against Takam and Klitschko have Joshua riding high on cloud nine. However, he is also well aware that Parker can go the distance when necessary. Both are of similar ages and Joshua has only a slight reach advantage over Parker. However, Parker also has a bit more experience (24 wins and 18 by KO). There is no doubt that Joshua is well aware of this record. While Parker only holds the WBO title, Joshua is currently the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight champion. Will his confidence be able to end the fight early? Will Parker instead keep him at a distance and cut into his endurance? We will have to wait until late March to find out the answers to these questions.

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