April 29, 2017 is the date Anthony Joshua truly showed the world what he’s all about.
It’s the date that Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko, adding the WBA (Super) and IBO heavyweight belts to his IBF title and showing just why many believe he can become a legend in the sport.
That win extended Joshua’s unbeaten record to 19-0 and paved the way for title defences against Carlos Takam, whom he defeated last October, and Joseph Parker, his opponent on March 31.
Joshua knocked Klitschko down in the fifth round but fell to the canvas himself in the sixth.
The fight was decided in the 11th, when AJ knocked the Ukrainian down twice before the referee called a halt to proceedings.
Ring Magazine called it their Fight of the Year and suddenly, everyone wanted a piece of Joshua.
The 29-year-old earned £15 million from the bout and this week reports emerged claiming the UFC are prepared to make a $500 million offer to the Londoner.
Hatton commentates on Joshua v Klitschko
No-one associated with, or a fan of, British boxing will forget the night Joshua defeated Klitschko and Ricky Hatton served up a treat by commentating on the 11th round of the contest at a Sky Sports quiz on Thursday.
With Carl Froch in plain sight, Hatton delivered his version of events with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm, leaving the crowd watching on in hysterics.
You’ve got to love Ricky Hatton.
Sky Sports should consider giving him a mic when Joshua takes on Parker in Cardiff next week.
Joshua believes Parker will be tougher than Wilder
Whether Parker presents as much of a threat to Joshua as Klitschko did remains to be seen.
However, AJ believes the New Zealander, who currently holds the WBO title, will be more difficult than a fight against American Deontay Wilder, which has been heavily mooted in recent weeks.
“Parker has a bit more all-round game; left hook, right hand, swings one right to the body, he likes a left hook to the body,” Joshua said this week, per the Independent.
“I haven't seen Wilder throw that many body shots. Wilder relies on the right hand, so I think Parker is a better all rounder.
“There are more stats and facts than he just has a big right hand.
“Parker has an all-round game, that is what makes it a dangerous fight."
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