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Over the past nine years Anthony Joshua has pounded his way to the top of the boxing world. Despite not stepping into the ring until after his 18th birthday, he swept through the amateur ranks, breezed his way to both the British and IBF heavyweight titles, and reached the sport’s summit less than a decade after throwing his first punch – producing the performance of a lifetime to defeat legendary champion Wladimir Klitschko and claim the WBA world heavyweight title. In front of a post war record crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium, Joshua recovered from being knocked down – for the first time in his 19-fight career – to deliver the decisive blows in the 11th round; with the force of that thunderous uppercut presumably still ringing in the Ukrainian’s ears.
Joshua beats Carlos Takam after Pulev pulls out
After Wladimir Klitschko’s retirement ended any realistic prospect of a re-match, the IBF ordered Joshua to fight Kubrat Pulev; with the IBF, WBA and IBO belts all up for grabs. The Bulgarian has beaten the champion’s fellow Britons Dereck Chisora, Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton and, most recently, earned a unanimous points decision against Kevin Johnson on the same night as Joshua’s fight with Klitschko.
While the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas was considered to host the fight, the Principality Stadium was eventually chosen; with the bout arranged for October 28. Joshua meanwhile, who has fought in Cardiff before (winning his fourth professional fight; a second round stoppage of Dorian Darch at the Motorpoint Arena in February 2014) stated that he hoped to beat the 50,000 who turned up at the same venue – then known as the Millennium Stadium – to see Welsh hero Joe Calzaghe beat Mikkel Kessler in a world super-middleweight title fight ten years ago.
Confirming the fight, Joshua said: “I have been eager to get back in the ring since Wembley. I’ll be locked away focusing on fight number 20 for the next eight weeks. I am excited to experience the atmosphere in a sold out Principality Stadium and aim to give the fans a spectacular night.”
Joshua was already deep into his training regime when Pulev withdrew from the fight due to a shoulder injury. IBF rules state that the mandatory passes on to the next fighter in line, which was Carlos Takam. Having prepared for the style and height of Pulev, Joshua faced a completely different style and challenge in the shape of Takam but the young champion adapted to a stubborn test and came through in 10 rounds.
Anthony Joshua vs Carlos Takam undercard: Dillian Whyte to face Robert Helenius
An explosive clash between Dillian Whyte and Finland’s Robert Helenius for the WBC silver heavyweight title tops the Joshua-Takam undercard at the Principality.
33-year-old Helenius, nicked “The Nordic Nightmare”, is a two-time European champion and beat Joshua’s fellow Briton Dereck Chisora on points in 2011. The Finn has lost just one of 26 bouts; a knock out at the hands of Frenchman Johann Duhaupas in 2016. Whyte, meanwhile, has also lost only once – to Joshua in 2015.
Whyte, who too has previously beaten Chisora, stopped Malcolm Tann in three rounds to win his debut bout in the US in August and has said he wants to fight WBC champion Deontay Wilder after Helenius.
“I think we have made it very clear we want to make Dillian v Wilder and this WBC silver title will put us in prime position,” Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn said.
The Whyte-Helenius fight is joined on the undercard by Kal Yafai vs Sho Ishida; as the former looks to defend his WBA world super-flyweight title against the Japanese challenger, while Irish boxer Katie Taylor is set to challenge for her first world title against two-weight world champion Anahi Esther Sanchez for the WBA lightweight crown.
Anthony Joshua fight record
After an amateur career which saw him twice claim the Haringey Box Cup, win the 2010 senior ABA Championships and, of course, take home a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, Anthony Joshua was awarded with an MBE for his services to boxing before he’d even thrown a punch as a professional.
Since then, five first-round knockouts; four world title bouts; and a 100 per cent career success rate have followed; and Anthony Joshua’s professional fight record is exemplary. From Dylan White to Dominic Breazeale, Eric Molina to Wladimir Klitschko; no-one has been able to go the full 12 rounds with Anthony Joshua.
Emanuele Leo was floored inside three minutes on Joshua’s professional debut; fellow Britons Paul Butlin and Dorian Darch were dispatched in two rounds; before Denis Bakhtov was bettered inside two as Joshua claimed the WBC International heavyweight belt almost a year to the day after his professional debut.
In fact, it took until Joshua’s 15th professional fight before an opponent survived more than three rounds in the ring. The opponent that night was Dilian Whyte, with Joshua forced to survive the first major scare of his career as he overcame a stubborn Whyte to hold onto both the British and Commonwealth titles at the O2 Arena in London.
It was back to business as usual in fight 16 with American Charles Martin demolished in two as Joshua won the IBF heavyweight title with ease Dominic Breazeale offered stiffer resistance in fight 17 (withstanding seven rounds) before Eric Molina was felled in three as Joshua booked his date with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley…and we all know what happened that night.
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