Harry Pratt

Anthony Joshua secures third pro victory

Anthony Joshua (left) forces Hrvoije Kisicek to the ropes during their heavyweight bout at York Hall on Nov. 14 in London, England.



English heavyweight starlet Anthony Joshua made it three wins on the spin as a professional with a second round stoppage against Croatian Hrvoje Kisicek, in Bethnal Green, London, on Thursday night.

The 24 year old from Watford, who won Olympic super heavyweight gold at London 2012, dropped Kisicek (5-7, 2 knockouts) early in the second before a powerful follow-up combination forced the referee to halt the one-sided contest at 1 minute 38 secs.

Next up for Joshua (3-0, 3 KOs) is an outing in Manchester a week Saturday – on the undercard of the super middleweight title clash between IBF holder Carl Froch and fellow Brit George Groves. If all goes well there, he is then due to fight for the fifth time in two months, with a six-round bout against Welshman Dorian Darch at the London ExCel Arena, on Dec. 14.

It is a hectic schedule being set by Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn. But after this latest quick-fire statement, the youngster insisted he can cope with the pace.

“Next weekend I will be in Manchester competing again. I’ve got to tone down, let my body rest and then really get up for that because whoever it is it’s going to be tough,” Joshua said. “Then, hopefully, I win that and I’ve got a really tough one come December. Dorian Darch has said he’s coming to win, so I’ve really got to pick my spirits up and get the job done in good fashion again.

“The fights are coming thick and fast. It will be great when I have two months to prepare and look at an opponent and really study them before a fight. But at the minute I’ve had 14 months off, I’ve learnt a lot and I’m just trying to shove everything into these few fights.

“I’m hoping people can see improvements and that’s what it’s about. It’s about a journey, a long-term journey. It’s about improving step-by-step, bit-by-bit, and as long as my coach is seeing that then I’m happy. It’s early days. We’re off to a good start. We want to keep the momentum.”

Matchroom supremo Hearn, as ever, is even more bullish about Joshua’s rapid emergence on the British scene.

“I’m hugely exited. That’s three fights in six weeks and the good news for the fans is the hands are good and he’ll be in Manchester on the Froch-Groves card next weekend,” Hearn said. “It’s all about progression. Different opponents at different times. He’s had his first mini apprenticeship. Three fights doesn’t sound a lot but when you’re as good as he is you have be stepped up accordingly.

“Dorian Darch is a really good fight for him on Dec. 14, and hopefully it will be a tough one next week also. Things look great. He’s the real deal. We think we can move him quicker than first anticipated but will do it in phases. At the moment he’s moving like a steam train and I can’t see a lot of people stopping him.”



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