How Hard Does Anthony Joshua Punch?

Published 12/30/2020, 2:38 AM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua (r) punches Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua, the unified heavyweight champion, is one of the finest punchers in the combat community today. He is a knockout specialist who has floored all the boxers he has faced.

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While Andy Ruiz Jr. is the only one to have walked away without losing, ‘The Mexican’ still felt the heat of Joshua’s punches.

If we contrast Joshua with the other KO elites, there are several unique features to pinpoint. The Brit champion is not just powerful but is also a technical master. So whenever he lands a shot, it is a pure showcase of power, speed, and technique.

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Boxing – Heavyweight World Title Fight – Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – December 12, 2020 Anthony Joshua in action against Kubrat Pulev Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

It is no surprise that Joshua’s haymakers are enough to seal the win, but exactly how hard does he punch? Maybe his opponents can answer that.

Anthony Joshua- The ultimate puncher of the heavyweight division?

Anthony Joshua has a lot of dangerous shots that comprise his arsenal. While his uppercut appears to be the most vicious one, his right hooks and jabs are equally dangerous.

In 2017, when he was still unbeaten, ‘AJ’ appeared in the Graham Norton show alongside other celebrities. He showcased his boxing skills there, and the others jumped in on the game too. Clearly, Joshua beat everyone in the game as his punch score touched 848, which left everyone in awe.

 

If one was to look at Joshua’s game, the 1-2 combinations that are jabs actually turn out to be heavy shots. He baffled Dillian Whyte with those combinations and finally knocked him out with a vicious uppercut in 2015. The same happened with Klitschko when ‘AJ’ shut him up with uppercuts.

Kubrat Pulev also faced the heat on December 12 when Joshua beat him up to defend the unified heavyweight titles. In an IG post, Joshua revealed how perfectly he planted his uppercuts to drop ‘The Cobra’.

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Joshua hones his impressive skills in his gym. He often smashes big punching bags, and it is evident how he gets his A-list striking abilities.

Today, Anthony Joshua is one of the hardest-hitting heavyweights. While he is still untested against Deontay Wilder’s punching power, the Brit is seemingly at the top as his win resume looks better than Wilder’s.

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Joshua has beaten several world champions in his pro career and is already a great. Only time will tell whether he can retain his dominance in the coming days. Do you think Anthony Joshua is the hardest-hitting heavyweight boxer?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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