Anthony Joshua Defeats Helenius, Secures First KO Win In Three Years

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Anthony Joshua defeats Hellenius with seventh round knockout.

Anthony Joshua, the British-Nigerian boxer, on Saturday night, defeated Robert Helenius, his opponent, via knockout in their heavyweight boxing bout at the O2 Arena in London.

The former heavyweight champion won the fight after he handed his opponent, from Finland, a brutal punch in the seventh round.

With the win, Joshua posted his first knockout conquest since December 2020, when he defeated Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, in a WBA, IBO, IBF and WBO title defence.

Helenius, who replaced banned Dylian White one week before the bout, required oxygen but recovered to congratulate a slim-looking Joshua before exiting the ring unaided.

Said Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, in a chat with BBC: “I knew this would happen, everyone’s talking about the new AJ and the old AJ and after two or three rounds the crowd starts to get a little bit impatient,”

“He finds the measure of his right hand and he delivers one of the knockouts of the year on Robert Helenius… this is just the AJ you’re going to see now.

“He’s still got to be more aggressive than we saw tonight but there’s a lot on the line”.

Last night’s victory was also his second since relinquishing his heavyweight title belts to Oleksandr Usyk who defeated him on two occasions.

Usyk defeated Joshua on September 25, 2021. The British-Nigerian boxer also suffered in the hands of his Ukrainian counterpart for the second time on August 21, 2022.

Joshua has extended his record to 26 wins and three defeats, with 23 of his wins coming via knockout.

The 33-year-old is expected to fight Deontey Wilder, who had last October knocked out Helenius in the first round of their fight, in January 2024.

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