Anthony Joshua record: fights, dates, scorecards

Anthony Joshua has an impressive professional record of 27-3 but he is no longer the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion of the world and his elite career stands at the crossroads.

AJ failed to become a three-time world heavyweight champion when he lost a split decision to Oleksandr Usyk in Saud Arabia in August 2022. It was his second consecutive loss to Usyk and his third in his last three fights. That aura of invincibility which punctuated his early professional career is gone.

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‘AJ’, promoted by Eddie Hearn and 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.

In 2021 Joshua had been expected to face British rival and fellow world champion Tyson Fury in a huge unification match. But that was scuppered when Fury was forced by an American judge to face Deontay Wilder again. Now the dream of a Fury vs Joshua clash for all the heavyweight marbles appears to be very very distant indeed.

Joshua returned to action after that second Usyk defeat with a points success over Jermaine Franklin in April 2023, and then he was all set to face Dillian Whyte in a rematch in August – eight years on from their raucous first meeting.

Then, a week before fight night, Whyte failed a drugs test and he was ruled out. So in stepped Robert Helenius, who was duly knocked out inside seven rounds.

AJ showed that he was well and truly back in December 2023 when he blasted dangerous Swede Otto Wallin to a one-sided defeat after just five rounds.

Anthony Joshua fights

Anthony Joshua’s record as a professional consists of 30 fights to date, of which he has won 27 and lost 3. A total of 24 of Joshua’s victories have come inside distance while only two of his fights have gone the full distance. Here is a full rundown of his fights and results to date:

Joshua vs Francis Ngannou

Date: March 8, 2024
Venue: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (live on Sky Sports Box Office and DAZN)

AJ will face former UFC heavyweight king Ngannou in his next fight as that incredible ‘Riyadh Season’ continues to set elite boxing alight. Rather than a potential title showdown with Filip Hrgovic, Joshua takes what will likely be a bigger payday and potentially an easier night. Ngannou has only fought once as a pro boxer – but he was pretty impressive that night as he took Tyson Fury all the way before dropping a close decision.

Joshua vs Otto Wallin

Date: December 23, 2023
Venue: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Result: Joshua won RTD R5

AJ faced a tricky assignment on paper when he met dangerous Swede Wallin – but it didn’t turn out that way. Joshua, with Ben Davison heading up his corner for the first time, was pretty much punch perfect as he took Wallin apart. He was sharp and throwing crisp punches throughout and a furious assault in the fifth broke Wallin’s nose and his spirit. He was pulled out by his corner after the round ended to hand AJ the 27th victory of his professional career.

Joshua vs Robert Helenius

Date: August 12, 2023
Venue: O2 Arena, London, UK
Result: Joshua won KO R7

This had been tabbed for the Joshua vs Whyte rematch, but Dillian was ruled out very late in the day after a failed drugs test. That left Helenius – who had been knocked out inside a round by Deontay Wilder last time out – to step into the breach. Helenius, game though he is, was no match for Joshua, who closed the show with a big right hand in Round 7.

Joshua vs Jermaine Franklin

Date: April 1, 2023
Venue: O2 Arena, London, UK
Result: Joshua won UD (118-111, 117-111, 117-111)

AJ didn’t exactly silence the doubters as he returned from the second Usyk loss to return to winning ways. But he did notch a pretty bloodless victory against an American opponent who had previously given Dillian Whyte all he could handle. The result on the cards was one-sided but many came away wondering if the brutal and offensive AJ who took the heavyweight world by storm still exists. For now, that astonishing finishing ability and raw power was just not there.

Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2

Date: August 20, 2022
Venue: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Result: Usyk won SD (113-115, 115-113, 116-112)

The rematch between Joshua and Usyk finally took place in the Saudi Arabian coastal city of Jeddah in August 2022, and while the venue was different from their first meeting the result was the same. Joshua, under the tutelage of new head trainer Robert Garcia, put in an improved performance and had the Ukrainian maestro in serious trouble in Round 9 with the fight evenly poised. Usyk though is a true champion and roared back in incredible fashion to dominate the final three rounds to claim a close but clear decision in the eyes of most experts.

Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk

Date: September 25, 2021
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK
Result: Usyk won UD (117-112, 116-112, 115-113)

A fascinating matchup in north London saw AJ lose his titles for a second time, courtesy of a boxing masterclass for the ages from former cruiserweight champion Usyk. Joshua was befuddled from the start by the blinding movement and hand speed of the challenger, as he built a convincing lead in the first half of the fight. Joshua did have moments of success in the middle rounds, but it was Usyk who finished strong to have Joshua struggling on the ropes. Any other result than Usyk by UD would have been an outrage, and the challenger duly achieved his dream of becoming champion at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev

Date: December 12, 2020
Venue: SSE Arena, Wembley, London, UK
Result:  Joshua won KO R9

Joshua successfully defended his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles in some style against the durable Bulgarian Pulev. He produced a dominant performance in London to put the 39-year-old Pulev down three times en route to a convincing victory. Pulev had already taken a standing count when was decked by an uppercut in the third round before somehow recovering. But in the ninth AJ’s finishing capability was on show as he sealed the deal. First he produced another peach of an uppercut to register his second knockdown of the night. The third arrived in the closing seconds of the session – a peach of a straight right to close the show.

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 inside two rounds in Birmingham. The coup de grace was a thing of beauty. 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

Gavern was just no match for 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 too quick for an ageing Sprott as he seemingly landed power punches at will to close the show 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. 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. He again showcased the devastating punching power which threatened to make him a global superstar. 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. 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.

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 closed the show in the second. A left hook made Butlin unsteady before a crunching straight right put him on the canvas and opened a nasty cut. Butlin did beat the count, but Joshua was in quickly. Referee Howard Foster had 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. The end came with a beauty of a straight right.