Can Athony Joshua Take Over From The Klitschko Brothers In World Boxing?
Antony Joshua is Team GB’s Super Heavweight Boxer and he’s on course for Olympic Gold. Whatever happens, he will turn professional and the fantastic rewards waiting for a genuine heavyweight contender will be his.
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Anthony Joshua is already certain of an Olympic medal. By winning through to the semi finals he is guaranteed a bronze but he’s aiming for Super Gold. That’s a Gold medal for boxing – and a load of gold for his bank account!
Boxing as Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali won Olympic Gold in 1960 and we know what happened later. British hero Lennox Lewis won Olympic Gold in 1988 and went on to become undisputed world heavyweight champion. Lennox is predicting big things for 22 year old Anthony Joshua. “He’s got raw talent. What we have to do is harness that power and put it into some good boxing.”
Joshua has every incentive to work at his sport. The boxing world is hungry for new faces and fresh talent in the heavyweight division. The Klitschko brothers have cast a cloud over the entire sport by hanging onto two versions of the title and refusing to fight each other. Both lack the charisma boxing needs and usually insist on fighting in Germany – not a hot bed of pro boxing.
Both the US and UK promoters are eyeing up Joshua who seems to have the right mindset in addition to his strength and power. Lennox Lewis again, “The good thing is he’s learning as he goes along. In the fight against Cuban heavy Savon Cortilla he got caught with some big shots in the first two rounds but he corrected that in the third and started to move his head, get more mobile.”
In the semi final Joshua will be fighting Kazakhstan’s giant, the 6′ 9″ Ivan Dychko. This is a real echo of the current pro boxing scene. The Klitschko brothers who are both very tall fighters hold all versions of the heavyweight boxing title between them. They have dominated smaller boxers like the UK’s David Haye who has disappointed in his attempts to win a major heavyweight crown.
So come on Anthony Joshua – Britain and the boxing world need you! He says the Olympics have changed him forever, made him a new man, “The whole experience is just mind blowing.”
One day he could be the man to blow away the dark days and sad memories of Klitschko rule.