Anthony Joshua took out Robert Helenius inside seven rounds on the O2 Enviornment in London on Saturday.
Helenius stunned when he took Joshua into the second half of their contest however then with a single shot, an enormous proper cross to the jaw, Joshua extinguished his efforts, dropping him closely at 1-27 of the seventh spherical.
Joshua was because of renew hostilities with previous rival Dillan Whyte on this present. However that bout needed to be cancelled after Whyte returned hostile analytic findings within the pre-fight anti-doping protocols.
Joshua unleashes a hurtful proper
It left Joshua on the lookout for a substitute opponent at only a week’s discover and Helenius, moments after he had taken a three-round victory over Mika Mielonen final weekend in Finland made himself out there for this battle.
After being knocked out within the first spherical by Deontay Wilder, Helenius was seizing a chance to return to motion on the prime tier of the heavyweight division. He started with spirit too, dashing out within the first spherical to cuff punches at Joshua’s guard.
Joshua, a former unified champion, is set to reclaim a title and for him Helenius was simply one other step on the highway again.
He was affected person, he softened Helenius up with the occasional mixture after which delivered a brutal ending.
By the second spherical Joshua was taking management. He lunged in with a left hook to catch Helenius. His jab thumped into the physique however he would not rush himself.
Joshua would possibly steadily have been taking the measure of this short-notice opponent, having a detailed have a look at him. However that wasn’t what the group needed to see. They needed extra motion.
As early because the third spherical boos started to ring out from some quarters of the sector, a requirement for urgency.
Joshua watches Helenius crash to the canvas
Joshua answered that decision although and launched a proper cross flush into Helenius’ jaw. It linked and a cursory look at Helenius confirmed it was a hurtful punch.
However the Finn collected himself. He withstood a cost within the subsequent spherical and boxed via it. Within the fifth, with Helenius backed into the ropes, Joshua smacked in a proper that struck so exhausting the thud was audible.
The tempo leaked out of the competition within the sixth spherical and if Joshua was affronted to see Helenius nonetheless in with him within the latter half of the competition, he completed issues with a sudden burst of velocity.
His jab flicked out, distracting Helenius and the proper carved a path via to hit the Finn cleanly to the jaw.
The blasting shot dropped him closely, ending the competition directly.
The outcome, and the way of the end, clearly delighted Joshua. He even left the ring to rejoice earlier than returning to have his hand formally raised by the referee.
He took his time however finally Joshua bought precisely the ending he needed.
Joshua celebrates his first knockout win since 2020
“My again’s gone,” Joshua cried. “I am carrying this heavyweight division to the highest!”
Joshua ought to be on track to battle Wilder himself. Malik Scott, the American’s coach revealed that battle was successfully “locked in” for January of subsequent yr.
Choosing up a second consecutive victory with new coach Derrick James in his nook, and his first stoppage win since 2020, will not have harm Joshua’s confidence forward of that potential conflict with the division’s greatest puncher.
On the undercard Filip Hrgovic retained his standing because the necessary challenger for the IBF heavyweight title, held by Oleksandr Usyk together with the WBO and WBA belts. But it surely took till the twelfth and remaining spherical for Hrgovic to discover a stoppage.
He harm Australia’s Dempsey McKean with a proper to the jaw however bought away with clubbing blows to the again of the top earlier than the referee halted the Australian.
British heavyweight Derek Chisora, as soon as a world title challenger however now on the very tail finish of his profession, laboured to a unanimous choice over 41-year-old American Gerald Washington.
Chisora took the sluggish paced 10-rounder 98-93, 97-94 and 96-94 the judges’ scorecards.