Anthony Joshua’s best career knockouts so far ahead of Eric Molina match-up
Lee Gormley | 10 December 2016
Anthony Joshua best knockouts
Ahead of what could be a career-defining 2017, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua first faces American challenger Eric Molina in Manchester and will look to make the second successful defence of his strap.
The Watford-born title holder has rampantly rallied to an impressive record of 17-0 since turning professional after winning Gold at the 2012 Olympics, having stopped every man that has stepped in front of him.
Next up will be 34-year-old Texan Molina this coming weekend at the Manchester Arena and Joshua will enter the ring for his latest outing at 9/4 with Coral to make him his latest knockout victim inside rounds 4-6.
Ahead of a massive fight night this Saturday, Coral look back at 10 of the Anthony Joshua best knockouts. Enjoy.
Dominic Breazeale (2016)
In the maiden defence of his IBF crown, Joshua toppled Californian contender Breazeale in the seventh round, the joint-furthest he’s been taken so far in his pro career.
Despite throwing some big shots himself, American Breazeale was eventually sent crashing to the canvas for a second time in the decisive round by a thunderous left hand, with the referee calling a halt to proceedings.
Charles Martin (2016)
Having won the IBF belt through his opponent Vyacheslav Glazkov sustaining injury, Martin endured the second-shortest heavyweight title reign in history before being stopped by Joshua.
The Missouri southpaw hailed himself as a ‘God’ before the bout, but was made to look very much a below average fighter when Joshua’s solid overhand right connected after a swift slip of the jab.
Dillian Whyte (2015)
In a grudge fight with Whyte in 2015, Joshua was rattled early on but survived such a scare to ultimately stop his rival in the seventh round.
A strong right hand hurt Whyte and caused his legs to go beneath him, with Joshua ending the night with a well-timed uppercut to send his opponent down and almost through the ropes.
Gary Cornish (2015)
Against towering Scotsman Cornish at the O2 Arena, Joshua gave the London crowd another opening-round knockout to shout about as he sent ‘the Highlander’ to the floor with a massive right hand before finishing with a flurry.
Kevin Johnson (2015)
On his way through the ranks Joshua also inflicted a vicious stoppage defeat on notorious American trash talker Johnson, as he pinned him against the ropes and delivered a wave of brutal shots to end the bout in the capital.
Raphael Zumbano Love (2015)
Possibly Joshua’s most impressive stoppage to date, with his hurtful one-punch KO of Brazilian opponent Love ending proceedings in the second round.
Using a touch jab to set up his next shot, AJ unleashed a thumping right hand which saw the South American go straight down and was unable to continue.
Michael Sprott (2014)
Another one of AJ’s first-round victories, this time over fellow Brit Sprott from back in 2014 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The Merseyside crowd were treated to a quick-fire win for the Watford puncher, as he maintained a heavy assault on the ropes before the official was forced to call time.
Hector Avila (2014)
After assessing the situation early on following the opening bell and sizing his opponent up, Joshua exploded on Argentine Avila with a flurry of body shots then delivered the decisive left hook to halt proceedings.
Dorian Darch (2014)
In only his fourth pro outing at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Joshua comfortably cruised to another stoppage success over Welshman Darch, connecting with a thudding left hook to shake his opponent badly.
Hrvoje Kisicek (2013)
Before that Darch KO, AJ stormed to his third triumph over Croatian Kisicek at the York Hall in London.
The referee was forced into play after a vicious series of shots from Joshua caused his opponent to fall flat against the ropes, before the now IBF champion shoved past to continue his onslaught and end the scrap in devastating fashion.
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