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Anthony Joshua
Birthname:
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua
Nationality:
United Kingdom flag British
Nickname:
AJ
Height:
6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Reach:
82 in (208 cm)
Weight class
Heavyweight
Born:
(1989-10-15) October 15, 1989 (age 27)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Style/Boxing Stance:
Orthodox
Career record:
19 wins, 0 losses, 0 draws, 19 KO's
Olympic Medals won:
Gold at the 2012 Olympic Games

Anthony Joshua (born 15 October 1989) is a British Professional boxer. He is currently a unified world heavyweight champion, having held the IBF heavyweight title since 2016, and the WBA (Super) and IBO titles since April 2017. He formerly held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016. Joshua is ranked as the best heavyweight boxer by BoxRec. He boasts a 100% KO record.

Amateur career Edit

A late starter in the sport, Joshua only began boxing in 2007, aged 18, when his cousin suggested he take it up. His club, Finchley ABC in Barnet, North London, is also home to professional heavyweight Dereck Chisora. Joshua won the 2009 and 2010 Haringey Box Cup. Joshua won the senior ABA Championships in 2010, in only his 18th bout, and later turned down £50,000 to turn professional. "Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn't take up the sport for money, I want to win medals." He also went on to win the same tournament the following year.

In 2010 his domestic success earned him a place on the GB Boxing team and later the same year he became British amateur champion at the GB Amateur Boxing Championships after defeating Amin Isa. In June 2011 at the 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships he beat Eric Berechlin and Cathal McMonagle but was stopped by aggressive Romanian southpaw Mihai Nistor after receiving several standing counts.[9] In October 2011 he was named Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Club of Great Britain.

Joshua had an amateur record of 40-3

Professional career Edit

On 12 September 2015, Joshua won the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title by stopping Gary Cornish in the first round at the O2 Arena. Cornish had been unbeaten in his previous 21 fights. In February 2016, it was announced that Joshua would face IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin on 9 April 2016 at the O2 Arena. Martin was making the first defence of the belt that he won in January after defeating Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant title. Joshua set the pace in the first round and kept the southpaw Martin at bay before sending him to the canvas with a straight right hand in the second round. Martin got to his feet only to be knocked down for a second time by a similar punch just moments later. This time Martin failed to beat the count after taking too long to get up, and the referee waved the fight off, with Joshua winning his first world title. After two successful title defences, the WBA finally agreed to sanction a unification bout between Joshua and Klitschko for the WBA 'super' title. The WBA agreement was, if Joshua retained his belt against Molina the fight would take place on 29 April 2017 at Wembley Stadium in London.

On 10 December 2016, Joshua knocked out Molina in the third round and the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight was officially announced. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza confirmed that the winner will have to face mandatory challenger Luis Ortiz next, with deadlines due to be set after the unification fight. In January 2017, Eddie Hearn announced that over 80,000 tickets had been sold, a new box office record, overtaking Carl Froch vs. George Groves II. He put a request in for 5,000 more tickets to be made available.

On 2 November 2016, the WBA finally agreed to sanction a unification bout between Joshua and Klitschko for the WBA 'super' title. The WBA agreement was, if Joshua retained his belt against Molina the fight would take place on 29 April 2017 at Wembley Stadium in London.

On 10 December 2016, Joshua knocked out Molina in the third round and the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight was officially announced. WBA president Gilberto J. Mendoza confirmed that the winner will have to face mandatory challenger Luis Ortiz next, with deadlines due to be set after the unification fight. A day later the IBF announced the winner must fight their mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. Because of this clashing with the WBA enforcing their mandatory, it was believed that either Joshua or Klitschko would have to vacate a title. In January 2017, Eddie Hearn announced that over 80,000 tickets had been sold, a new box office record, overtaking Carl Froch vs. George Groves II. He put a request in for 5,000 more tickets to be made available. It was reported that Joshua would earn in the region of £15 million for the fight. At the weigh-in, Klitschko weighed in at 240 and a quarter pounds, the lightest he has weighed since 2009. Joshua came in heavier at 250 pounds.

In front of a post-war record crowd of 90,000 in attendance, Joshua won by TKO in a high-drama war that saw both men giving their all. They fought a close and cautious first four rounds. In the fifth, Joshua came out roaring and barraged Klitschko to the canvas. An angry Klitschko rose up and dominated Joshua for the remainder of the round, battering him and scoring his own knockdown in round 6. The next few rounds were again cautious, both men wary of each other, until a reinvigorated Joshua attacked Klitschko in round 11, sending him to the canvas. Klitschko again rose but Joshua knocked him down for a second time in the round, then sent a barrage of punches while Klitschko was against the ropes that made the referee stop the fight.

At the time of stoppage, Joshua was ahead on two judges scorecards (96–93 and 95–93) and the third judge had Klitschko ahead (95–93). CompuBox stats showed that Joshua landed 107 of his 355 punches thrown (30%), and Klitschko landed 94 of 256 (37%). Joshua called out Fury in the post fight interview, "Tyson Fury, where you at, baby? Come on -- that's what they want to see. I just want to fight everyone. I'm really enjoying this right now." In the press conference after the fight, Joshua said he would have no issues with having another fight with Klitschko, "I don't mind fighting him again, if he wants the rematch. Big respect to Wladimir for challenging the young lions of the division. It’s up to him, I don’t mind. As long as Rob thinks it’s good I'm good to go." Eddie Hearn said Joshua's next fight would likely take place at the end of the year, possibly at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The fight averaged 659,000 viewers on Showtime in the United States. It was shown live and the fight began around 5 p.m. ET and 2 p.m. PT. Nielsen Media Research revealed the fight peaked at 687,000 viewers which was during rounds five and six. This was an increase from Joshua's previous Showtime numbers that aired live during the late afternoon. The delayed tape-replay on HBO was watched by an average 738,000 viewers and peaked at 890,000. In a press release, German TV channel RTL announced the fight was watched by an average 10.43 million viewers. The whole card averaged 9.59 million viewers. This was higher than the 8.91 million that tuned in to watch Klitschko vs. Fury in 2015.

On 7 June 2017, the IBF granted Joshua an exception for him to rematch Klitschko instead of fighting mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. At this point, it was not said that the rematch would take place. Klitschko said he needed time to review his situation before agreeing to a rematch. It was only weeks after the fight, when Eddie Hearn filed the paperwork to the IBF to request the exception to the mandatory defense. IBF explained that the rematch must take place no later than 2 December 2017 and the winner must fight Pulev next with no exceptions.

Professional boxing record Edit

Professional record summary [hide]
19 fights 19 wins 0 losses
By knockout 19 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
19 Win 19–0 Wladimir Klitschko TKO 11 (12),2:25 29 Apr 2017 Wembley Stadium, London, England Retained IBF heavyweight title;

Won vacant WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight titles

18 Win 18–0 Éric Molina TKO 3 (12),2:02 10 Dec 2016 Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Retained IBF heavyweight title
17 Win 17–0 Dominic Breazeale TKO 7 (12),1:01 25 Jun 2016 The O2 Arena, London, England Retained IBF heavyweight title
16 Win 16–0 Charles Martin KO 2 (12),1:32 9 Apr 2016 The O2 Arena, London, England Won IBF heavyweight title
15 Win 15–0 Dillian Whyte KO 7 (12),1:27 12 Dec 2015 The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC International and Commonwealth heavyweight titles;

Won vacant British heavyweight title

14 Win 14–0 Gary Cornish TKO 1 (12),1:37 12 Sep 2015 The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC International heavyweight title;

Won vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title

13 Win 13–0 Kevin Johnson TKO 2 (10),1:22 30 May 2015 The O2 Arena, London, England Retained WBC International heavyweight title
12 Win 12–0 Raphael Zumbano Love TKO 2 (8), 1:21 9 May 2015  Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
11 Win 11–0 Jason Gavern KO 3 (8), 1:21 4 Apr 2015 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
10 Win 10–0 Michael Sprott TKO 1 (10),1:26 22 Nov 2014 Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
9 Win 9–0 Denis Bakhtov TKO 2 (10),1:00 11 Oct 2014 The O2 Arena, London, England Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 Konstantin Airich TKO 3 (8), 1:16 13 Sep 2014 Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England
7 Win 7–0 Matt Skelton TKO 2 (6), 2:33 12 Jul 2014 Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
6 Win 6–0 Matt Legg KO 1 (6), 1:23 31 May 2014 Wembley Stadium, London, England
5 Win 5–0 Hector Avila KO 1 (6), 2:14 1 Mar 2014 Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
4 Win 4–0 Dorian Darch TKO 2 (6), 0:51 1 Feb 2014 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
3 Win 3–0 Hrvoje Kisicek TKO 2 (6), 1:38 14 Nov 2013 York Hall, London, England
2 Win 2–0 Paul Butlin TKO 2 (6), 0:50 26 Oct 2013 Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England
1 Win 1–0 Emanuele Leo TKO 1 (6), 2:47 5 Oct 2013 The O2 Arena, London, England Professional debut

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