Conor McGregor crowns Anthony Joshua’s ruthless finish against Robert Helenius as undisputed “KO of the year”
Conor McGregor’s celebrates Anthony Joshua’s August KO punch against Robert Helenius as the best of the year.
Anthony Joshua's KO punch gets praise from Conor McGregor (Source: Twitter/IMAGO)
Last August, Boxer Anthony Joshua knocked out Robert Helenius, in their boxing bout in London. The “Notorious” Conor McGregor was in attendance, ring-side. His company, and latest beverage venture, Forged Irish Stout, was a sponsor for the event. Joshua knocked out Helenius in the seventh round, at the O2 Arena. Throughout the matchup, the Irishman was seen cheering on as the bout gained momentum.
Recent footage circulating on social media even had him overjoyed at the clocking of the knockout punch. Although the match started slow, it gained pace quickly enough. And both fighters went blow-for-blow with definitive striking. Helenius, a professional Finnish heavyweight, proved rough. In the first six rounds, Joshua was cautious.
In the seventh round, the Brit showed that he was capable of finishing the fight fairly fast. Quarter past the nineteen-minute mark, McGregor was seen rejoicing the knockout punch, with literal hands in the air. In a post on Instagram, McGregor recently gave high remarks on said knockout. He wrote:
Boxing KO of the year.
Speaking with DAZN boxing, in an interview, McGregor had also weighed in on the bout and applauded the boxers. Additionally, recent footage from Matchroom’s BTS documentary of the fight shows McGregor, ringside, jumping to celebrate with a thrilled expression.
McGregor had also gone on to dismissively diss at influencer-boxer KSI, who he had made a callout to earlier.
Joshua will next square off against Otto Wallin. There was an expectant anticipation of a matchup with former WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Many of his bouts were building towards it. But Wilder is to face former WBO champion Joseph Parker. Both these bouts are coincidentally entailed in a massive card that is to take place in December, as part of the Riyadh Season, in Saudi Arabia.
Anthony Joshua gears and hypes up his fight with Otto Wallin
On December 23rd in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, two-time former unified champion Anthony Joshua will take on Otto Wallin in a headline bout. Although previously dismissive of Wallin as a prospective opponent, Joshua is now full-fledged and gearing up for the said bout. Joshua, at 26-3, 23 KO, is coming off back-to-back victories.
He won a decision over Jermaine Franklin in April and stopped Robert Helenius in August. Fighting Wallin will be his third in 2023, something he hasn’t done since 2016. This was after losing the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles to Oleksandr Usyk in a bout and subsequent rematch.
Wallin (26-1, 14 KO) is famed for his recent bout where he went toe-to-toe with lineal boxing champion Tyson Fury. His performance was critically acclaimed by fans and peers alike; in part due to a nasty blow he had delivered upon the opponent.
This resulted in a cut above Fury’s eyes and almost wobbled him off his game. The boxer however did manage to win on the scorecard, thus providing Walling his only career loss in pro boxing.
In a recent tweet, Joshua tweeted a picture of him and Wallin in a stare-off. Thus implementing the notion of hyping up the matchup, the boxer remains ready for the challenge forward.
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