Is that change we can smell in the air? It will be if Anthony Joshua can defeat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, April 29. While Klitschko remains on the scene, the new era of heavyweight boxing can’t really begin but that should change this weekend.
Will it be the case of the up and coming boxer, who some feel became a champion far too soon, winning yet more gold? Anthony Joshua has only had 18 professional contests, yet three of those have been world title fights; it’s a rise to fame that is about a year ahead of schedule, but he had a string of knockouts and finding opponents was becoming more and more difficult.
You can’t blame Joshua for the speed in which he won the world title. With Tyson Fury winning and then being stripped of the IBF title, Charles Martin took advantage of an injury to his opponent and became the new IBF world heavyweight champion. When the offer of a shot at the newly crowned champion’s title came along, there was no way that Joshua was going to turn the fight down. Martin would have been an ideal stepping stone opponent for him anyway, and in just two rounds, Joshua destroyed Martin to win the title.