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Joshua Knocks Out Whyte

The O2 Arena, in London, witnessed a classic heavyweight clash when two unbeaten British heavyweights, Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte met.

The bad blood between the two, relating to Whyte beating Joshua as an amateur, meant this fight was always going to be filled with anger.

The stoppage came in round seven when the referee, Howard Foster, stepped in to save Whyte after a savage right upper-cut had left him leaning on a mixture of the ropes and the canvas.

Anthony Joshua came through his first real test as a professional, knocking Dillian Whyte out in the seventh round to win the British heavyweight title.

But the seven rounds that took place before the stoppage will be remembered for many a year to come.

After the introductions had finished and the ring cleared, the bell sounded for the first round and Joshua was straight on the offensive catching Whyte with some shuddering blows. At one stage it looked as if Joshua would take his man out in the first round, but Whyte hung on in there and the round ended with what looked like a terrace fight. Joshua caught Whyte after the bell and chaos ensued with both camps diving into the ring, aided by security staff, to restore calm.

Joshua started round two by taunting his opponent but Whyte landed a huge left hook that Joshua took and then kept his distance to clear his head.

The third started with both fighters knowing they could hurt the other, the word respect springing to mind. The bell for the fourth round signified the furthest Joshua had been in the professional game and both boxers continued to trade blows and you wondered which of the two would win.

But the sixth round started to see the fight swing massively in Joshua’s favour, Whyte was breathing very heavily and Joshua was starting to pick him off. A touch of gloves at the end of the sixth showed the respect Whyte now had for his opponent.

Starting the seventh, Joshua was now firmly on top and a left to the head of Whyte saw him backed across the ring and Whyte did well to tie Joshua up to let his head semi-clear. But, trapped on the ropes Whyte was caught with some heavy blows and a perfect right upper-cut finished the Brixton fighter off as he lay prone on the lower rope and ring canvas.

Joshua was the one who kept his unbeaten record and in doing so proved that he can take a punch, recover from being hurt and comeback to land the perfect knockout blow.

Suddenly the heavyweight division is looking very exciting!


The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 13 2015

Time: 9:27AM

 

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