Anthony “AJ” Joshua showcased his impeccable boxing skills by delivering a knockout blow to Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius in the seventh round at London’s O2 Arena.
The 33-year-old’s initial rounds may have felt subdued, but his strategy was evident: to study Helenius, wear him out, and strike when the moment was right. The fact that Helenius stepped in on just a week’s notice following Dillian Whyte’s unforeseen drop out due to a failed drug test only added to the intrigue of the match.
What’s Next for Anthony Joshua?
Post the match, Joshua, brimming with confidence, expressed his desire to stay active in the boxing scene by aiming for two more face-offs within the coming year. Eddie Hearn, his promoter, dropped hints about Joshua’s potential opponents. While a bout against Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia seems almost confirmed, a much-anticipated showdown with Tyson Fury is also on the cards.
In a touching gesture, Joshua commended Helenius’s tenacity in the ring, stating, “I told him to please come again. In the modern era of boxing, a loss is like suicide.” This highlights Joshua’s sportsmanship and reflects on the immense pressure modern boxers face in maintaining an unblemished record.