Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk is inching closer. The Watford-based AJ will be defending his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles against the supremely technical Ukrainian. The fight will be taking place on the 25th of September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
To get to this position Joshua has beaten some immaculate talents of the game. And most of his wins have been via. knockout. Until 2018, (Joseph Parker) Joshua had beaten each and every opponent of his via. knockout. His current boxing record reads 24 wins and 1 loss, of which 22 wins have come via. knockout.
One such knockout win was his insane pulverizing of Brazilian, Raphael Zumbano Love on the 9th of May, 2015 at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. The fight was Anthony Joshua’s 12th professional fight as a boxer. He had already won the WBC International Heavyweight title prior to that.
Anthony Joshua was 11-0 heading into the fight with Raphael Zumbano Love!
The fight took place in the undercard of Sam Eggington vs Joseph Lamptey (who fought for the Commonwealth Welter Title, WBC International Silver Welter Title). The fight between Joshua and Zumbano Love was for 8 rounds, and AJ had never let a fight go past three rounds prior to that.
Joshua started off well, and looked sharp from the word go. He was clearly ahead after round 1. A minute into the second round, Joshua delivered a blistering right hook that landed flush on Zumbano Love, sending him crashing to the canvas. The Brazilian tried his best to beat the count, but Joshua’s punch had caused enough damage to prevent him from doing so.
Joshua quickly rose through the ranks after his win over Zumbano Love. In a year from then, he won the Commonwealth heavyweight title, British Heavyweight title and the IBF Heavyweight title.