Anthony Joshua rose to fame when he won gold at the London 2012 Olympics in the Super Heavyweight boxing category, and he is being tipped by many to go on to be one of the greats of British boxing.
At a time when a large contingent of the British heavyweight contenders seem more interested in slagging off their rivals then fighting (Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora, David Haye and co….), Joshua has seemingly risen above that, and is already being linked with a world title fight.
Joshua has won nine out of nine fights since turning professional shortly after his Olympic gold, with all of his victories coming inside the first three rounds. Joshua’s raw strength and power is a key component to his boxing style, and this is evident in the sheer brutality of some of his fights, with early knockouts.
Joshua is only 25, as well. David Haye was nearly 29 when he won the WBA World Heavyweight title (although he did spend some of his career at cruiserweight), so Joshua has plenty of time to forge his way into a world title fight.
He sparred with Wladimir Klitschko recently, arguably the best boxer in the world, and Klitschko seemed impressed with the 25 year old, commenting that Joshua “is built how a champion should be, is the right weight, very strong and technically capable”. Not many get praise from the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, which is a compliment to Joshua’s ability and potential.
Klitschko also won gold in the Super Heavyweight category at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and now holds three world title belts…. Maybe the same is in store for Joshua?