By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
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 Joshua’s key stats and figures.
Joshua grew up just outside of London in Watford and turned professional shortly after winning gold at the 2012 Olympics. He would go on to win the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles before losing out to Ruiz Jr. last time out in August.
Joshua will be out to regain those belts in the rematch in December, setting up a potentially huge match-up with Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder further down the line.
Tale of the tape
Name: Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua
Height: 6ft 6
Reach: 82 inches
Professional record: 22-1-0
Professional debut: 05/10/13
Joshua v Whyte – 12/12/15
After decimating everyone put in front of him, Joshua’s first real test came in his 15th fight while defending the WBC international heavyweight title against fellow Brit Dillian Whyte. Joshua had won the vacant belt after beating former champion Denis Bakhtov inside two rounds to become champion aged just 24 and in his ninth professional bout.
The unbeaten Whyte had talked a big game before the fight, having previously beaten Joshua in an amateur bout in 2009, and had the champion rocked in the second round. Joshua, however, went on to show the fighting spirit that would help him later in his career.
His brutal right hook had Whyte wobbling before Joshua finished him off with a huge uppercut in the seventh round. Whyte had fought gallantly, won the respect of many UK boxing fans and is still a potential opponent for ‘AJ’ in the future.
Joshua v Klitschko – 29/04/17
Despite taking his record to a perfect 18-0, many spectators had suggested that Joshua had yet to be tested by a truly world-class boxer. So, when a bout with one of the greatest heavyweights in history was announced, against Wladimir Klitschko, many had high hopes for a classic – and they were not proven wrong.
After feeling each other out in the early rounds, the fight came alive in the fifth as Joshua looked to put the pressure on. Klitschko responded to being floored by Joshua, winning the rest of the round and putting the IBF world heavyweight champion on the canvas himself in the sixth.
Klitschko tried to press home this advantage but couldn’t put Joshua away as he went back to basics. Just as it looked as though Klitschko might take it on the cards, Joshua came out firing in the 11th, sending the Ukrainian to the canvas twice in the round before the referee stopped the bout.
By adding the WBA and IBO titles to his IBF belt, Joshua’s win placed him alone at the top of boxing’s heavyweight tree.
Joshua v Parker – 31/03/18
Joshua’s 21st professional fight saw him taken the distance for the first time by New Zealand’s Joseph Parker. Despite Joshua adding the WBO title to his glittering collection, the headlines were mostly stolen by the bewildering decision of the referee to prevent either fighter from boxing on the inside – a style of boxing bringing two fighters closer together.
A clumsy fight with several accidental clashes of heads was always leaning in favour of Joshua, who wasn’t quite able to impose his attack in the same way as in previous fights. As Parker slipped and moved well from Joshua’s advances, he failed to make a notable impact on the fight himself and the decision from the judges was unanimous in Joshua’s favour.
It’s over to Diriyah, Saudi Arabia on December 7 for Joshua’s next fight as he takes on on Andy Ruiz Jr. in a rematch for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles following the Mexican’s win in June.
Professional career record
1: beat Emanuele Leo by TKO – 05/10/13
2: beat Paul Butlin by TKO – 26/10/13
3: beat Hrvoje Kisicek by TKO – 14/11/13
4: beat Dorian Darch by TKO – 01/02/14
5: beat Hector Alfredo Avila by KO – 01/03/14
6: beat Matt Legg by KO – 31/05/14
7: beat Matt Skelton by TKO – 12/07/14
8: beat Konstantin Airich by TKO – 13/09/14
9: beat Denis Bakhtov by TKO – 11/10/14
10: beat Michael Sprott by TKO – 22/11/14
11: beat Jason Gavern by KO – 04/04/15
12: beat Raphael Zumbano by TKO – 09/05/15
13: beat Kevin Johnson by TKO – 30/05/15
14: beat Gary Cornish by TKO – 12/09/15
15: beat Dillian Whyte by TKO – 12/12/15
16: beat Charles Martin by KO – 09/04/16
17: beat Dominic Breazeale by TKO – 25/06/16
18: beat Eric Molina by TKO – 10/12/16
19: beat Wladimir Klitschko by TKO – 29/04/17
20: beat Carlos Takam by TKO – 28/10/17
21: beat Joseph Parker by UD – 31/03/18
22: beat Alexander Povetkin by TKO – 22/09/18
23: lost to Andy Ruiz Jr. by TKO – 01/06/19