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Ahead of Anthony Joshua’s fight this September, we've selected our top 6 knockouts delivered by the heavyweight champ.

Throughout British boxing sensation Anthony Joshua's illustrious career, he's played a total of thirty-one fights, winning twenty-five of them by knockouts.

Despite two back-to-back losses against Oleksandr Usyk in 2021 and 2022, Joshua has spent 2023 and the beginning of 2024 re-establishing himself. So far this year, he has beaten four more opponents and remains one of the best boxers of the 21st century.

In preparation for AJ's upcoming fight in September, we've handpicked the heavyweight champ's top 6 knockout victories.

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Joshua v Klitschko

Joshua's phenomenal knockout win against Wladimir Klitschko has gone down as a career-defining performance for the British boxer. In front of 90,000 fans, AJ dropped the former unified world champion in the fifth round.

Klitschko did his best to stand his ground but the pace had slowed by the eleventh round, where AJ KO'ed the Ukrainian with an explosive uppercut. Joshua had sealed a historic win.

BBC Sport journalist Luke Reddy described the enthralling contest as 'heavyweight boxing at its most captivating.' He went on to claim that Joshua was: ' A man carrying a huge weight of expectation had delivered.'

Joshua v Povetkin

In 2018, Joshua reaffirmed his status as the heavyweight champion of the world with another knockout win; AJ had taken out his feared opponent, Alexander Povetkin.

Despite being eleven years his senior, Povetkin did not make it easy for 28-year-old Joshua. However, AJ became the first man to stop the Russian former world champion. Povetkin eventually fell at the seventh round by a 'barrage of brutal head shots.' The defeat marks the first time Povetkin had been stopped in his 13-year career.

Luke Brown for The Independent stated: 'This development in Joshua’s style is so heartening to see. The heavyweight risk-taker who so bravely hauled himself off the canvas against Klitschko is these days a very different beast. This is Joshua 2.0, a perspicacious punch-by-punch in-ring analyst who can deconstruct an opponent just as comprehensively as he can destroy them. Cold. Careful. Calculated.'

Joshua v Ngannou

On 9th March 2024 Joshua delivered a breathtaking performance in Riyadh, showcasing his prowess with a heavy straight right-left hook combination that brought Francis Ngannou to his knees late in the round.

Despite Ngannou's valiant effort to regain his footing, Joshua's relentless pursuit culminated in a decisive, heat-seeking overhand right that left Ngannou knocked out on the canvas.

With the referee swiftly signalling the end, Anthony Joshua secured a resounding victory.

Joshua v Molina

In December 2016, AJ was just eighteen fights into his professional boxing career when he faced former heavyweight champ, Eric Molina.

After scoring his third-round TKO victory at Manchester Arena, the Bleacher Report claimed it was Joshua's 'second most successful defense of his IBF world heavyweight title.'

The sports news site also reported that: 'Joshua spent the first two rounds scanning for an opening in Molina's defensive shell. He broke through with a hard left to the body at the tail end of the first round and got a rise out of the crowd. 'A hard shot to the skull in the second round was simply a signal that the end was imminent.'

Joshua v Whyte

Back in 2015, AJ came up against his real first test as a professional; the chance to take the heavyweight champion title from Dillian Whyte

Olympic champ, Joshua, came into the contest with a strong winning streak behind him, including fourteen straight knockouts in the first three rounds. Despite Whyte serving up some immense blows, AJ achieved another KO with a clean uppercut to win the British heavyweight title.

Reporter Brian Mazique from the Bleacher Report observed: 'Some vulnerabilities in Joshua's game were exposed. His defense against the left hook to the body and head was spotty. In the heavyweight division, that can lead to a one-punch knockout.

He's a freak of nature physically and displayed the heart and chin of a champion. At such a young age, the sky is the limit for him.'

Joshua v Breazeale

In the summer of 2016, AJ defended his IBF heavyweight titles for the first time at London's O2 Arena. He was challenged by Dominic Breazeale who - standing at 6ft 7 inches tall - had a height and weight advantage over Joshua.

AJ started the match strong, with a punch combination that sent Breazeal's head right back. The Guardian's match report commented:  'The crowd roar as Joshua moves in on the ropes and smashes Breazeale to the canvas with a huge right hand. The American is up quickly, but a moment later Joshua lands a flurry of punches and Breazeale is down again, and this time he stays down.'

The previously unbeaten American boxer had failed to take Joshua's title, as he was KO'ed by AJ in the seventh round.  

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