Anthony Joshua is one of the fiercest punchers in the heavyweight division right now. The two-time former unified world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles from December 2019 to September 2021, and previously between 2016 and June 2019, continues to be at the top of the division. In his 26 professional victories inside the ring, 22 have come via way of stoppage. Needless to say, Joshua’s power is a force to be reckoned with. Not many have survived his sheer power.
Here’s a look at Anthony Joshua‘s top-5 knockout wins that proves that he is miles apart from his contemporaries.
#5 Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin
Alexander Povetkin is as tough as it gets. The Russian boxer has proved on multiple occasions why age is just a number. It was evident from his brutal KO win over interim champion Dillian Whyte, where he defied the odds. Povetkin has always proved his mettle inside the boxing ring. Having dropped a unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko back in October 2013, he suffered his first stoppage loss at the hands of Anthony Joshua back in September 2018.
Truth be told, it was the first time that a boxer had made Povetkin go through such a beating inside the boxing ring. Joshua dominated the Russian boxer leading up to the seventh round TKO win over the future legend.
#4 Anthony Joshua vs Dominic Breazeale
Dominic Breazeale was a threat inside the boxing ring until he came face to face with British heavyweight Anthony Joshua. In June 2016, the then-undefeated boxer posed a significant challenge. However, after everything was said and done, it was Joshua who left the ring with yet another KO to his name.
The Olympian had no answer to Joshua’s power and fell prey to a brutal combination from Joshua. A series of punches dropped Dominic on the canvas under the very first minute of the seventh round. It was just a matter of punches before Joshua finished the fight to mark his 17th straight stoppage win inside the boxing ring.
#3 Anthony Joshua vs Emmanuel Leo
Anthony Joshua announced his entry into the professional circuit in an emphatic fashion after he completely brutalized Emmanuel Leo in his debut. Joshua went all guns blazing in his first fight and picked up a stoppage win in the very first found. Needless to say, he made his transition to the professional circuit in the manner that was courtesy of his boxing achievements today.
#2 Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte
Dillian Whyte continues to be at the top of the heavyweight division. The former WBC interim heavyweight champion lost his undefeated streak when he fell to Anthony Joshua in December 2015. In what was one of the greatest boxing matches of Joshua’s career, he triumphed over all adversities to pick up a scintillating seventh-round stoppage.
In the process, Joshua picked up the vacant British heavyweight title. It is interesting to note that Joshua took on someone as dangerous as Whyte on just two months’ notice and put up a performance of a lifetime.
#1 Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko
Who can forget the brutal uppercut that Joshua landed on Wladimir Klitschko? In one of the greatest spectacles in boxing history, a young Anthony Joshua took on a seasoned veteran to unify his IBF title belt with WBO (Super) and IBO heavyweight championship.
While it wasn’t the kind of TKO that Joshua has made boxing fans accustomed to whenever he steps inside the boxing ring. It was this beating that eventually ended Klitschko’s career. The bout marked the Russian boxer’s last outing inside the ring and plummeted Joshua to the top of the heavyweight division.