Matt Hamilton on Anthony Joshua & Matchroom’s Birmingham show.

Anthony Joshua (#20 at his weight in the world according to Boxrec) moved to 12-0 with 12 knockouts after making light work of Raphael Zumbano Love (#86) who dropped to 36-11-1 at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena. Interestingly this means that the opponent Joshua managed to dispatch in 2 rounds via brutal KO lasted 8 rounds against Eric Molina (#45) – Deontay Wilder’s (#4) first opponent as WBC trinket holder. As the jockeying for position in anticipation of a post-Klitschko world gathers momentum the highly likable Olympic Gold medalist from Watford appears the pick of the bunch.anthonyjoshua_3035904
Eddie Hearn has taken Joshua on a veritable nationwide tour – AJ has already fought in Sheffield, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle & now Birmingham inside his first dozen professional contests. The thinking is clearly to create a British heavyweight superstar that garners brand name recognition far & wide. Having signed with Hearn as recently as July 24, 2013 Joshua has had 12 bouts in 8 cities in less than 22 months. Next up is the delayed clash with Kevin Johnson (inactive) at London’s 02 Arena – with Hearn seemingly performing a trace on an ex-Tyson Fury (#3) (& Dereck Chisora (#17) for that matter) opponent with the intent of doing something that neither Fury nor Chisora has done – something that thus far AJ has not failed to do – stop the man they call ‘Kingpin‘. A knock out victory against the durable American would certainly get people thinking very seriously about the long term potential of the incredible talent that is Anthony Joshua.
There was also a comeback win for Matthew Macklin (#31) against the lightly regarded Sandor Micsko (#184) along with victories for Khalid Yafai (#24); Luke Campbell (#70); Callum Smith (#11); Lennox Clarke (#298); Sam Eggington (#49); Dan Breeze (#527); Gamal Yafai (#202); Jordan Cooke (#398) & Michael Rooney (#529) on a long but thin on competitive match-ups Matchroom card.

By Matt Hamilton



  1. Rab Butler

    Josh doing the business on his opponent is all well and good but the ‘opponent’ clearly lacked any ambition! I could have lasted better than that and I am 52! OK, maybe not, but journeymen opponents are supposed to give the home boxer a bit of a workout. I bet Josh blasts out his sparring partners just as well too. Hopefully Kevin Johnson will do a bit more than try and box on the back foot like he always does and maybe try and test AJ’s whiskers a little, but I won’t hold my breath. Be interesting to see if ‘Kingpin’ turns up in shape and whether AJ sparks him out. I remember watching Johnson box Vitali Klitschko for the title and that was the most uninspired ‘challenge’ for a world title ever! I was so incensed I emailed Boxing News straight after and told them what I thought of that pathetic attempt at a world title!

      • Rab Butler

        Sounds good to me, so long as he is getting tested in the gym. I just want to see him blast out Kevin Johnson, but again, that depends on his ‘ambition’ on the 30th.

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