Anthony Joshua is a British professional boxer within the heavyweight division. He is currently a multiple world champion with an undefeated record. Joshua’s current title honours include holding the IBF belt, WBA (Super) and IBO belts. He lives and trains in Watford, London, under Matchroom Boxing which is owned and managed by boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
Anthony Joshua’s Ranking Status
As of February 2018, Joshua hold the award of World’s Best Active Heavyweight as voted by The Ring, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and BoxRec. In addition, he is the current Prospect of the Year according Ring Magazine.
The British heavyweight is celebrated for possessing outstanding punching power, notably utilising this skill-set to have accrued a high percentage of wins by knockout. As to his professional boxing record, Anthony Joshua boasts the tenth longest combined title streak in the modern era of the sport – he has won five successive title bouts.
Anthony Joshua’s Amateur Boxing Career
Boxing came around later in Joshua’s life than most other professionals. It wasn’t until the age of 18 when he first strapped on a pair of gloves at the request of his cousin. Two years later, in 2009, Joshua won the ABA Championships after only 18 amateur fights.
That same year he was awarded the Haringey Box Cup, which he then successfully defended the following year. In 2010 Joshua’s domestic string of victories caught the eye of the GB Boxing coaching staff who offered him a spot on the team. Only 12 months and two fights later, Joshua was bestowed the honour of Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain. As an amateur, his record stands at 40-3.
Anthony Joshua in the Olympic Games
Anthony Joshua’s 2012 entry into the London Olympic Games came at an early stage in his boxing career. Whilst advancing to the last 16 draw he was matched with Cuban Erislandy Savón, then the No.4 ranked boxer in the world by AIBA. Joshua came out on top after three rounds with a split decision vote. This outcome spurred controversy amongst critics who believed Savon had done enough to claim victory over the British hopeful.
Joshua advanced to the quarter-finals to meet 2008 Beijing Olympics silver medalist, Zhang Zhilei, who he beat by a majority decision. This results meant taking home the bronze medal regardless of the next fight. His semi-final opponent was Kazakhstan boxer, Ivan Dychko, a taller and more dominant figure. Despite size difference Joshua came out on top to book his place in the 2012 Olympic Games boxing final.
Only 32-year-old reigning Olympic Champion and former twice World Champion, Roberto Cammarelle of Italy, stood between him an gold. Joshua conceded the first two rounds but bounced back to seal a narrow win on points. Many critics believe the judges based their scoring on account of a home advantage, rather than boxing merit alone.
Such fortune inside the ring earned Joshua the invitation to be appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). This ceremony took place in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.
Anthony Joshua’s Professional Boxing Career
Later in 2013 Joshua announced his claim as a professional boxer and under contract with the Matchroom Sport promotional banner. His first pro fight was on the undercard of Scott Quigg vs. Yoandris Salinas on 5 October 2013 at the O2 Arena in London.
Joshua continued his winning streak by claiming a TKO over Italian opponent Emanuelue Leo. Paul Butlin was next; Joshua stopped his compatriot in the second round via a stoppage. The Londoner claimed his third second-round knockout in a row when, in his third pro boxing fight on November 2013, he floored Croatian Hrvoje Kisciek.
On February 2014 Joshua made it 4-0 when he made quick work of oppoenent Dorian Darch; another 2nd-round stoppage to Joshua’s win record. In February 2014, Joshua scored a 2nd-round TKO victory over Dorian Darch to take his record to 4-0.
Further impressive victories for Josuhua came at the expense of fellow heavyweights Hector Alfredo Avila, Matt Legg, and Matt Skelton who each failed to go past two rounds. Beating German heavyweight Konstantin Airich took Joshua to 8-0 and earned him a spot in the headline event in what was his first attempt at a world title, scheduled for October 2014.
Joshua faced off against Denis Bakhtov and won the fight by knockout in the second round; he took home the WBC International heavyweight Title, aged just 24.
Joshua surpassed another milestone on 22 November 2014 when he stopped Michael Sprott within the 1st round. The victory elongated his legacy to 10 winning fights all via stoppage. Surprisingly, the entire professional boxing career of British heavyweight Anthony Joshua had amounted to just 36 minutes. Put in to context, this is less than the duration of a standard 12-rounds fight.
The triumphant run of Joshua in 2015-2017 saw off a portfolio of seasoned boxers, Raphael Zumbano Love and Kevin Johnson to name but two. During this period he also claimed the scalp of undefeated Scottish boxer Gary Cornish (for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title) within an astonishing 90 second fight.
In 2018 Joshua is expected to face off against New Zealand heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker, hosted in Cardiff, Wales.
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Anthony Joshua’s Fight Record
|N/A||N/A||New Zealand Joseph Parker||N/A||31-Mar-18|
|Win||20–0||France Carlos Takam||TKO||28-Oct-17|
|Win||19–0||Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko||TKO||29-Apr-17|
|Win||18–0||United States Éric Molina||TKO||10-Dec-16|
|Win||17–0||United States Dominic Breazeale||TKO||25-Jun-16|
|Win||16–0||United States Charles Martin||KO||09-Apr-16|
|Win||15–0||United Kingdom Dillian Whyte||KO||12-Dec-15|
|Win||14–0||United Kingdom Gary Cornish||TKO||12-Sep-15|
|Win||13–0||United States Kevin Johnson||TKO||30-May-15|
|Win||12–0||Brazil Raphael Zumbano Love||TKO||09-May-15|
|Win||11–0||United States Jason Gavern||KO||04-Apr-15|
|Win||10–0||United Kingdom Michael Sprott||TKO||22-Nov-14|
|Win||9–0||Russia Denis Bakhtov||TKO||11-Oct-14|
|Win||8–0||Germany Konstantin Airich||TKO||13-Sep-14|
|Win||7–0||United Kingdom Matt Skelton||TKO||12-Jul-14|
|Win||6–0||United Kingdom Matt Legg||KO||31-May-14|
|Win||5–0||Argentina Hector Avila||KO||01-Mar-14|
|Win||4–0||United Kingdom Dorian Darch||TKO||01-Feb-14|
|Win||3–0||Croatia Hrvoje Kisicek||TKO||14-Nov-13|
|Win||2–0||United Kingdom Paul Butlin||TKO||26-Oct-13|
|Win||1–0||Italy Emanuele Leo||TKO||05-Oct-13|
Career Highlights: Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko
Anthony Joshua took a major step up in pedigree to fight Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko on 29 April 2017 at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Over 90,000 spectators watched the event, which surmounted in Joshua claiming an eleventh-round TKO after being knocked down early on in the fight.
The first four rounds were evenly matched and it wasn’t until round 5 that Joshua was able to make an impact. The British fighter landed a clean blow knocking Klitschko to the canvas. The Ukrainian rose up and took control of the remainder of the round, despite the prior dominance of Joshua. Klitschko scored a knockdown of his own in round 6, levelling the scorecards – many critics had the former Soviet star ahead marginally at this point.
A rejuvenated Joshua struck back in round 11, sending Klitschko to the canvas for a 10-count. Once on his feet, the visitor received further punishment from the heavy blows of Joshua and went down for a second time in the round. The referee eventually called the fight in round 11 before the bell could sound.