ANTHONY JOSHUA DESTROYS KEVIN JOHNSON
By TOM WATT on June 2 2015
Last week I wrote that Anthony Joshua’s fight against Kevin Johnson would be his stiffest test to date. I also wrote that it would be a big jump in class and a good indicator of where he was at… For Joshua though it was just another day at the office and another KO victory to take him to 13-0 (13 KOs).
Johnson came into this fight as a well-known entity, a fighter that has been around the block a few times, has challenged for Heavyweight Titles and has gone the distance with the likes of Klitschko, Fury and Chisora. Johnson was brought it in to give Joshua rounds and by his own admission he was there for the win. In pre-fight interviews Johnson played the game like no other, exciting and infuriating fans in equal measure, proclaiming he was here to stop the ‘Hype Train’, now though it seems he is just another fallen man on the tracks.
As ‘AJ’ entered the 17,000+ arena on Saturday night, the crowd went wild – there’s just something about the Heavyweight Division and when one comes along with the skill, looks and attitude that Joshua does, it’s a recipe for super-stardom. The Olympic Gold Medalist has taken the UK by storm and for anyone that thought he had been built up as a so called ‘Hype Job’ then they may have changed their tune since Saturday night. As soon as the bell sounded Joshua went to work, towering over his opponent and landing sharp, powerful shots from every angle. From the first time a clean blow landed this fight was over – Johnson is a rugged and experienced Heavyweight, he’s been in with some of the best in the World but this weekend he had no answer for Anthony Joshua’s size, power or speed.
The fight could have been stopped in the first round but the referee gave Johnson the benefit of the doubt and allowed him to return to his corner at the bell – as the second round started the barrage of shots started again, a mixture of straights and hooks just chopping Johnson down. Eventually the ref had seen enough and stepped in to save Johnson any more damage or embarrassment. The man that prided himself on having never been stopped within the distance, after fighting at World level for so long, had been KO’d within 2 rounds.
Before the fight, many (including myself) predicted that Joshua would KO Johnson but very few would have suggested he did so with such ease and the manner of Joshua’s victory sends as strong a statement as we’ve seen in the Heavyweight division for a long time, KO’ing and retiring a well-respected veteran of the sport.
Joshua is now looking at dates in Manchester in July and London in September with the likes of Dereck Chisora and David Price being touted as potential opposition. I can’t see either of those guys giving Joshua any problems although I would hope to see them stick around for more than a few rounds.
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