Anthony has become undefeatable yet again, you remember Anthony Joshua? Let me refresh your memory about him a little bit. Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, you are right, Anthony is from a Nigerian home, and his dad hails from Ogun state so it is okay if Nigerians are raising their shoulders right now.
Joshua is a British professional boxer, he is currently a unified world heavy weight champion, Joshua represented England at the 2011 World Championships as an amateur in the super-heavyweight division, winning a silver medal; he also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning gold. In 2014, a year after turning professional, he was named Prospect of the Year by The Ring magazine. In 2017, Joshua’s victorious fight against Wladimir Klitschko was named Fight of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Joshua is the second British boxer, after James DeGale, to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and a world title by a major professional sanctioning body, as well as being the first British heavyweight to do so.
On Saturday the 31st of March, AJ decided to do what he knows how to do best which is winning, he defeated Joseph Parker in Cardiff.
After 12 rounds, Britain’s Joshua triumphed 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 on the three judges’ scorecards. This result was New Zealand boxer Parker’s first defeat in his 25-fight pro career. The contest was in front of a 78,000 capacity crowd at the Principality Stadium and it was the first time two previously undefeated heavyweight champions had met for a world title in Britain.
The refereeing was pitiful. All the inside-fighting and clinch-fighting was disallowed by referee Giuseppe Quartarone. He was appalling, constantly separating the two as if it were an amateur Olympic bout. Every time a real fight broke out, the Italian intervened. It meant that as the two combatants went to work inside, they could not come apart and exchange. Instead, it was a fight contested 95 per cent at distance.
Joshua’s win should move him closer to a bout against Deontay Wilder, the American who holds the World Boxing Council’s version of the heavyweight title. Wilder had been due at ringside but didn’t show and a confident Joshua, speaking to Sky Sports, after his win was confirmed: “Wilder, let’s go baby. “Bring him here and I’ll knock him spark out.” It seems Joshua is ready for another fight as he claims he does not want to relax for so long.
A big congratulations to our very own Anthony Joshua!