Anthony Joshua continued his journey in professional boxing with a highly impressive win against the veteran Matt Skelton.
Joshua took to boxing late and went to the London Olympic Games in 2012 as a relative novice, yet his huge potential shone through and he went on to win gold in the super-heavyweight division.
Joshua, aged 24, came into his latest fight last weekend in Liverpool having knocked out all of his six previous opponents within two rounds. Joshua is building a big reputation for himself and there is real hope that he is the next star of the heavyweight division.
Skelton, aged 47, was supposed to be a bit of a step-up for Joshua but he was to prove yet another boxer to be dealt with convincingly in a dominant performance.
Joshua used his jab very well early on and the power on the shot is clearly visible with his opponents heads snapped back almost every time it lands. A good, solid jab is a great weapon to possess especially for a heavyweight as it keeps the other big man at distance and allows control to be exerted.
Skelton as ever, rushed forward looking to get up close and put the pressure on the much younger man but Joshua remained composed and looked to be in complete control. He stuck to his boxing skill and waited for the opportunities to present themselves and when they did he took advantage in the most emphatic nature.
Late in the second round the veteran Skelton was to hit the floor following a big right hand from Joshua. Skelton returned to his feet but began to wobble and looked unsteady on his legs.
The referee correctly stepped in to save Skelton from further punishment and Joshua has another knock out victory within two rounds on his record.
Joshua is set to fight again in Dublin on August 30th against Yaroslav Zavorotnyi of Ukraine who recently fought another British heavyweight in David Price.
Price wasn't particularly impressive on the night but he appeared to want to get rounds under his belt rather than just going out there and destroying his opponent. Zavorotnyi took Price the distance of 10 rounds and it will make fascinating viewing to see how Joshua does in contrast.
Joshua looks to be a really good prospect and combined with his humble mentality he really could go on to be the next star of the heavyweight division.
There is still a lot to learn for Joshua and he is still fighting guys who he is expected to beat comfortably but the way in which he is doing so is impressive. He isn't rushing in looking for knock-outs, he is sticking to his boxing and letting the knock-outs flow naturally.
Such a game plan bodes very well for the future when he comes up against a tougher level of opponent who will not be blown out of there by the first big punch he lands.
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