In a highly anticipated fight, Anthony Joshua produced a devastating knockout against Robert Helenius, setting up a blockbuster match with Deontay Wilder. Helenius, who replaced Dillian Whyte after a failed drug test, put on a disciplined performance to frustrate Joshua for several rounds. However, Joshua eventually landed a clubbing right hand in the seventh round, abruptly ending the fight and igniting celebrations at ringside, including Conor McGregor.
Helenius had previously lost to Wilder, who was left in tears after stopping the 39-year-old in the first round in October. Now, it seems that Wilder will be the next opponent for the British fighter, in what is considered to be one of the most highly anticipated fights in boxing history. Negotiations for a January date in Saudi Arabia are already underway.
Throughout his career, Joshua has faced criticism for being hesitant in the ring. However, his knockout victory over Helenius showcased his killer instinct and natural power. Despite starting his boxing career late, Joshua quickly rose through the ranks and impressed with his abilities. It wasn’t until his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. that he began to focus on the strategic side of the sport. In their rematch, Joshua employed a smart and cautious approach to secure a victory on points. However, this approach also revealed a fear of taking risks and getting caught in a brawl.
After his loss to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua became more interested in adapting his style to different opponents. However, in their rematch, although he showed improvement, he was still outboxed by Usyk. Former boxer David Haye suggests that Joshua’s performance against Helenius would not have been enough to beat Usyk. Andy Lee adds that Joshua needs a few more fights before facing Wilder, as he cannot afford to hesitate against such a devastating opponent.
In the aftermath of his knockout victory, Joshua’s team is already planning for future fights. Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, reveals that their goal is to face Wilder, and then Tyson Fury, in a three-fight plan. Hearn praises Joshua’s maturity as a fighter and his ability to take his time in the ring. He also discloses that negotiations are underway for a January fight in Saudi Arabia, with hopes that it will be one of the biggest fights of all time.
Overall, Joshua’s knockout victory over Helenius has reignited his career and set the stage for a highly anticipated match against Wilder. With negotiations already underway, fans can expect an electrifying fight between two heavyweight champions.