London, UK (October 5, 2023) - Anthony Joshua made a memorable professional debut with a stunning knockout after a vicious seven-punch combo that lasted only one round. Despite already being a prominent figure due to his Olympic gold medal win at the London 2012 Olympics, Joshua wasted no time proving himself in the world of professional boxing.
In his debut match against Emanuele Leo, Joshua immediately asserted himself from the opening bell. In the first round, he cornered Leo, unleashing a barrage of powerful shots. Leo found himself on the canvas, prompting the referee to step in and stop the fight. The O2 Arena erupted with excitement as Joshua's victory was sealed.
Over the next five years, Joshua dominated the heavyweight division, knocking out every opponent in his path, including the legendary Wladimir Klitschko and his bitter rival, Dillian Whyte. His first twelve-round bout came in 2018 against Joseph Parker, which Joshua won, and he quickly returned to his knockout victories by stopping Alexander Povetkin.
However, in 2019, Joshua faced a major setback when he suffered a shocking knockout defeat at the hands of Andy Ruiz Jr., marking one of the most significant upsets in heavyweight boxing history. Joshua's career has seen its share of ups and downs since then, including regaining his titles from Ruiz and losing twice to Oleksandr Usyk.
This year, Joshua has experienced a resurgence with consecutive wins, and he is eyeing a potential bout with Deontay Wilder to further test his boxing prowess. Before that, there is a possibility of one more fight in December against Zhilei Zhang, who recently defeated Joe Joyce twice by stoppage. Joshua's journey in the world of boxing continues to captivate fans around the globe.