Anthony Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz Jr. on December 7 in a titanic rematch in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles.

Ahead of ‘Clash On The Dunes’, we take a look at how Joshua has gone about his previous 21 knockouts – a tally he’ll be looking to add to when he faces Ruiz Jr. this week.

Joshua keeps his head in knockouts

Joshua is the 4/9 favourite to defeat Ruiz Jr. and is 8/11 to win the bout by knockout – his most-fancied method of victory on the night.

Of Joshua’s 22 professional career wins, 21 of those have come through knockouts, with just his victory over Joseph Parker in 2018 the only one to last the full 12 rounds and to be settled on points.

Of those 21 knockouts, 15 have come about from a blow to his opponent’s head (Emanuele Leo, Paul Butlin, Hrvoje Kisicek, Dorian Darch, Hector Alfredo Avila, Denis Bakhtov, Jason Gavern, Raphael Zumbano, Gary Cornish, Charles Martin, Dominic Breazeale, Eric Molina, Wladimir Klitschko, Carlos Takam and Alexander Povetkin).

And of those 15 knockouts, seven came through a flurry (Kisicek, Bakhtov, Zumbano, Cornish, Molina, Klitschko and Takam), three through an overhand right (Leo, Gavern and Povetkin), two through a straight right (Butlin and Martin), two through an overhand left (Darch and Avila) and one through a straight left (Breazeale).

One knockout, meanwhile, came from a flurry to the head and body (Michael Sprott), while Joshua’s remaining five knockouts were a result of an uppercut to the chin of his opponent (Matt Legg, Matt Skelton, Konstantin Airich, Kevin Johnson and Dillian Whyte).

Joshua’s bouts going deeper

In terms of when Joshua has knocked out his opponents, it’s the second rounds that have produced his most stoppages with eight (Butlin, Kisicek, Darch, Skelton, Bakhtov, Zumbano, Johnson and Martin), with five first-round knockouts following next (Leo, Avila, Legg, Sprott, Cornish).

Rounds three and seven have each seen Joshua produce three knockouts respectively (Airich, Gavern, Molina/Whyte, Breazeale, Povetkin), while he has landed one knockout apiece in rounds 10 and 11 (Takam/Klitschko).

However, as Joshua’s quality of opponents has increased through his career his fights have lasted far longer, with his last five knockouts coming in the seventh, third, 11th, 10th and seventh rounds respectively.

Bearing this in mind, Joshua is most fancied to stop Ruiz Jr. between rounds four and seven, which are each priced in the round betting at 14/1.

Joshua’s 21 KOs

  • Overhand right (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 1) – Joshua v Leo
  • Straight right (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 2) – Joshua v Butlin
  • Flurry (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 2) – Joshua v Kisicek
  • Overhand left (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 2) – Joshua v Darch
  • Overhand left (HEAD): KO (ROUND 1) – Joshua v Avila
  • Uppercut (CHIN): KO (ROUND 1) – Joshua v Legg
  • Uppercut (CHIN): TKO (ROUND 2) – Joshua v Skelton
  • Uppercut (CHIN): TKO (ROUND 3) – Joshua v Airich
  • Flurry (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 2) – Joshua v Bakhtov
  • Flurry (HEAD/BODY): TKO (ROUND 1) – Joshua v Sprott
  • Overhand right (HEAD): KO (ROUND 3) – Joshua v Gavern
  • Flurry (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 2) – Joshua v Zumbano
  • Uppercut (CHIN): KO (ROUND 2) – Joshua v Johnson
  • Flurry (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 1) – Joshua v Cornish
  • Uppercut (CHIN): KO (ROUND 7) – Joshua v Whyte
  • Straight right (HEAD): KO (ROUND 2) – Joshua v Martin
  • Straight left (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 7) – Joshua v Breazeale
  • Flurry (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 3) – Joshua v Molina
  • Flurry (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 11) – Joshua v Klitschko
  • Flurry (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 10) – Joshua v Takam
  • Overhand right (HEAD): TKO (ROUND 7) – Joshua v Povetkin

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