Anthony Joshua Record: Who Handed Him His Only Loss?

Published 09/22/2021, 3:42 PM EDT
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 03: Anthony Joshua looks on ahead of the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Clash On The Dunes Public Work Out at Public at the Investment Fund office complex on December 03, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles. Promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, Joshua built an impressive resume following his Olympic gold in London in 2012. Since then Joshua has fought the toughest heavyweights, boasting of a near-perfect record.

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Joshua holds the record for being the only British heavyweight to win an Olympic gold medal as well as a world title by a major professional sanctioning body. The British heavyweight boasts impressive speed and agility for a heavyweight which catches his heaver opponents off-guard.

What is Anthony Joshua’s record?

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The reigning WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion, Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua, boasts of an impressive record with 24 wins and 1 loss. Out of these 24 fights, only two of the fights have gone the distance. 22 fights have ended before the last bell rang.

The fights that made the world notice Joshua were his fights against Dillian Whyte and Wladimir Klitschko. The bout against Dillian Whyte established Joshua as a title contender by winning the British heavyweight title. He also successfully defending his commonwealth heavyweight title.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Anthony Joshua (White Shorts) catches Wladimir Klitschko (Grey Shorts) with a right hand upper cut in the 11th round of their IBF, WBA and IBO Heavyweight World Title bout at Wembley Stadium on April 29, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

After a couple of title fights against Charles Martin, Dominic Breazeale, and Eric Molina, Joshua got the chance to cement his name in the history books with a unification fight against the man that terrorized the heavyweight division for more than a decade, Wladimir Klitschko.

In April 2017, Joshua fought Klitschko in what proved to be the toughest fight of his career. Even at 41 years of age, Klitschko left it all out in the ring. Both fighters traded blow for blow in a fight that ‘The Ring’ named as the fight of the year.

In the eleventh round, Joshua knocked Klitschko down twice. He punished Klitschko as soon as he got back up, and a number of unanswered punches forced the referee to stop the fight declaring the winner, and, still undefeated, Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua. Immediately after the fight, Joshua called out Tyson ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury.

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Joshua’s only loss

Joshua suffered his only loss at the hands of ‘The Destroyer’ Andy Ruiz Jr. The Mexican heavyweight shocked the world on June 1, 2019, when he became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Ruiz defeated Joshua in a technical knockout in seven rounds.

08 December 2019, Saudi Arabia, Diriyah: US-Mexican professional boxer Andy Ruiz Jr (L) in action against Britain’s Anthony Joshua during their World Heavyweight Championship contest at the Diriyah Arena. Photo: Oliver Weiken/dpa (Photo by Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

His glory was short-lived. Joshua won his WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles back a few months later on December 7, 2019. He defeated Ruiz in a unanimous decision.

Who is Anthony Joshua fighting next? 

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Since winning his titles back from Andy Ruiz Jr, Joshua will defend his titles for the first time against Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian moved up to the heavyweight division in 2019 after becoming the undisputed champion at cruiserweight.

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Both fighters won the Olympic gold medal at the London Olympics, in different categories. Now Usyk will look to strip Joshua off his belts and shock the world just like Andy Ruiz Jr did.

Who do you think will emerge as the undisputed heavyweight champion on September 25?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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