Anthony Joshua record: fights, dates, scorecards

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Anthony Joshua has an impressive professional record of 23-1 and is the reigning IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion of the world.

‘AJ’, promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, was a former Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist at London 2012 before he turned professional on October 5 2013. Since then he has become one of the biggest stars in the sport.

Anthony Joshua fights

Anthony Joshua’s record as a professional consists of 24 fights to date, of which he has won 23 and lost 1. A total of 21 of Joshua’s victories have come inside distance. Here is a full rundown of his fights and results to date:

Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2

Date: December 7, 2019
Venue: Diriyah Arena, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Result: Joshua won UD (118-110, 118-110, 119-109)

Joshua gained immediate revenge for the first defeat of his professional career, comfortably outpointing a horribly out-of-condition Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia. AJ was more circumspect than in previous fights, adapting his style to box more from the outside, limiting the danger of being caught by Ruiz as he had been at Madison Square Garden. The bout produced a new domestic record for PPV buys, with 1.6million people watching the fight at a cost of £24.99 each. Joshua reclaimed his IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles.

Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr

Date: June 1, 2019
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, United States
Result: Ruiz Jr won TKO R7

Joshua lost his IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles as he suffered a stunning first professional defeat at the hands of late stand-in and huge underdog Andy Ruiz Jr. AJ – making his big Stateside debut at one of boxing’s spiritual homes – never looked comfortable despite having Ruiz Jr on the floor in round 3, and was clubbed to a stoppage defeat in round 7.  Ruiz Jr had only been given the opportunity to fight Joshua weeks before the bout when Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller tested positive for PEDs.

Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin

Date: September 22, 2018
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R7

Joshua maintained his unbeaten record after wearing down former world heavyweight champion Povetkin in front of another huge crowd at Wembley Stadium. The smaller and faster Povetkin started well, but Joshua gradually assumed control before blasting the Russia to defeat in R7. The fight was the first major bout to be shown in the United States by new streaming platform DAZN.

Joshua vs Joseph Parker

Date: March 31, 2018
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Result: Joshua won UD (118-110, 118-110, 119-109)

Joshua added Parker’s WBO world heavyweight title to his IBF and WBA belts with an ultimately convincing points victory. The margin on the official cards was wider than most ringside experts had it, but there was no doubting AJ’s eventual superiority. Parker though did become the first fighter to take Joshua the distance in a professional bout.

Joshua vs Carlos Takam

Date: October 28, 2017
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Result: Joshua won TKO R10

Joshua successfully defended his WBA and IBF belts against French veteran Takam in Cardiff, but the manner of the 10th-round stoppage left a bit of a sour taste. Though he was cut over the right eye and had been down in the fourth, Takam didn’t look to be in impending danger when referee Phil Edwards stepped in.

Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko

Date: April 29, 2017
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R11

A spectacular unification fight against one of the greats of the sport, this remains to date AJ’s finest hour as a professional so far. After putting Wladimir on the canvas in R5, Joshua himself was in a world of trouble a round later when Klitschko sent him sprawling. For a while it looked like just a matter of time before a wobbly AJ would fall for good, but he regained his composure brilliantly to survive some desperate moments, get back on top and force a tumultuous 11th-round stoppage. The victory saw Joshua add the WBA world heavyweight title to his IBF belt.

Joshua vs Eric Molina

Date: December 10, 2016
Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R3

Joshua successfully defended his IBF world heavyweight title with a crushing stoppage victory against the overmatched Molina in Manchester. AJ sent Molina crashing to the canvas with a devastating straight right with a minute remaining in round 3, and though the challenger did beat the count Joshua was quickly in to force the stoppage.

Joshua vs Dominic Breazeale

Date: June 25, 2016
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R7

Another fight for AJ, another victory inside distance – though he was taken past round 3 for only the second time in his professional career so far. The end came in the seventh as he swarmed all over Breazeale to force two knockdowns in quick succession – the second of them decisive.

Joshua vs Charles Martin

Date: April 9, 2016
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Result: Joshua won KO R2

Joshua became world heavyweight champion in just his 16th professional fight as he blasted Martin to a comprehensive defeat inside two rounds on a famous night in London. Martin gave AJ few problems as he was outgunned from the start and took several big shots in the latter stages of the opening stanza. Round 2 was one-way traffic as AJ poured it on, twice decking Martin with beautiful rights and the champion failed to beat the count the second time round.

Joshua vs Dillian Whyte

Date: December 12, 2015
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R7

Joshua came successfully through the biggest test of his career so far – a dust-up with dangerous British rival Whyte. It was a cracking tear-up while it lasted and Whyte landed some big shots of his own as well as taking plenty. AJ was taken past round 3 for the first time as a professional, but eventually got properly on top in round 7 as he wobbled Whyte with a hook to the temple and then completed the job with a savage uppercut. The win saw Joshua add the British heavyweight title to his growing collection of belts.

Joshua vs Gary Cornish

Date: September 12, 2015
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R1

Joshua claimed the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title with a devastating victory over Cornish in London. AJ decked the Scot twice in the opening 90 seconds of the bout before referee Victor Loughlin called a halt to proceedings.

Joshua vs Kevin Johnson

Date: May 30, 2015
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R2

A real statement night for Joshua, who according to then ESPN lead boxing writer Dan Rafael “slaughtered a guy who had never been hurt, much less down”. Johnson, with no apparent thought for defence, was wide open and Joshua smashed him to the canvas twice in the opening session. Though Johnson came through that, there would be no surviving round 2 as AJ hurt his opponent again with a thumping left hook before a barrage of punches caused a sensational early stoppage.

Joshua vs Raphael Zumbano

Date: May 9, 2015
Venue: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
Result: Joshua won KO R2

Joshua hardly had to break sweat as he battered the Brazilian Zumbano to defeat inside two rounds in Birmingham. The coup de grace was a thing of beauty as Zumbano left himself open and Joshua landed a spectacular right hook to close the show.

Joshua vs Jason Gavern

Date: April 4, 2015
Venue: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
Result: Joshua won KO R3

American journeyman Gavern was just no match for a peerless Joshua, who blasted him to the canvas four times en route to yet another easy night. It was the 11th time in 11 professional fights he had won in less than three rounds.

Joshua vs Michael Sprott

Date: November 22, 2014
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R1

Joshua took less than one round to dismantle the hugely experienced Sprott in Liverpool. AJ was just took quick for an ageing Sprott as he seemingly landed power punches at will to close the show in devastating style in just 90 seconds.

Joshua vs Denis Bakhtov

Date: October 11, 2014
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R2

Joshua’s growing stature was again boosted by another quickfire demolition job, this time against Bakhtov. Most experts expected AJ to have to dig a little deeper than in previous fights, but it didn’t prove to be the case as he clubbed his way to victory inside two rounds.

Joshua vs Konstantin Airich

Date: September 13, 2014
Venue: Phones 4u Arena, Manchester, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R3

Joshua dominated right out of the gates – as he was expected to – to maintain the perfect start to his professional career. He won the first two rounds comfortably before really opening up in the third. Airich was sent to the canvas once by a flurry of shots and though he managed to beat the count, a devastating right hook by AJ was enough for referee Steve Gray to bring proceedings to an early conclusion.

Joshua vs Matt Skelton

Date: July 12, 2014
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R2

Joshua easily disposed of veteran Matt Skelton inside two rounds in Liverpool, again showcasing the devastating punching power which threatens to make his a global superstar in the heavyweight division. A massive overhand right in the first round showed Skelton this would not be a long night. Another huge right late in the second put him on the canvas, and though he did beat the count Joshua was all over him causing referee Steve Gray to wave it off.

Joshua vs Matt Legg

Date: May 31, 2014
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Result: Joshua won KO R1

AJ appeared on the undercard of Carl Froch vs George Groves II at Wembley Stadium, and put on a show to obliterate the hapless Legg in just 83 seconds. Two venomous uppercuts followed by a clipping left hook were enough to settle matters in some style.

Joshua vs Hector Alfredo Avila

Date: March 1, 2014
Venue: Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
Result: Joshua won KO R1

Only 124 seconds were needed for Joshua to register another quickfire victory as he announced himself to the Scottish boxing public in some style. When Avila walked into a counter left late in the first round the issue was settled very swiftly.

Joshua vs Dorian Darch

Date: February 1, 2014
Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
Result: Joshua won TKO R2

Joshua was clipped by a rare right from Darch in the opening session in Cardiff, and the response was brutal. AJ went to work once again in devastating style and was completely on top by the end of the round. A right in the second round stiffened Darch’s legs and referee Terry O’Connor stepped in to save Joshua’s helpless opponent from further punishment.

Joshua vs Hrvoje Kisicek

Date: November 14, 2013
Venue: York Hall, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R2

Joshua dwarfed his Croatian opponent for the third fight of his professional career, and made good use of his physical advantages. The opening session was one-way traffic but Kisicek did at least make it through to the bell. The second however had Joshua in no mood to allow his opponent off the hook, and he showed clinical finishing ability to have the fight stopped after initially dropping the overmatched Croatian.

Joshua vs Paul Butlin

Date: October 26, 2013
Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R2

Joshua produced a chilling destruction of Butlin to improve his professional record to 2-0. He was dominant in the opening session but it wasn’t until the second that he closed the show. A left hook made Butlin unsteady before a crunching straight right from Joshua not only put him on the canvas but also opened a nasty cut. Butlin did beat the count, but Joshua was in quickly to leave referee Howard Foster with no choice but to call a halt.

Joshua vs Emanuele Leo

Date: October 5, 2013
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Result: Joshua won TKO R1

Joshua made his eagerly-awaited professional bow and was extremely crisp and impressive in the process. He took just two minutes and 47 seconds to dispose of his Italian opponent, with a beauty of a straight right the clinching punch.