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.
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.