Joshua stays perfect

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Published: Saturday 9th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua warmed up for his step up in class against heavyweight gatekeeper Kevin Johnson later this month with an easy win in Birmingham on Saturday.

London 2012 super-heavyweight champion Joshua extended his professional record to 12-0 (12KOs) with a comfortable knockout against over-matched Brazilian Raphael Zumbano Love.

Now the 25-year-old Watford fighter turns his attention to a more testing showdown in three weeks’ time, when he gauges himself against former world title challenger Johnson at London’s O2 Arena.

Zumbano was expected to have a torrid time at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena in what was Joshua’s Second City debut.

So it proved, as even an early one-two had Love looking uncomfortable.

Love (36-10-1, 29 KOs) had only been stopped three times but left hooks to body and head were hurtful even at half-power and it was clearly a matter of time until Joshua decided to finish it.

Indeed, the end came one minute and 21 seconds into the second round. A three-punch volley hurt Love and seconds later a range-finding jab was followed by a huge straight right which sent Love sprawling to the canvas.

The South American attempted to beat referee Phil Edwards’ count but failed miserably as the contest was waved off.

Joshua, who came face to face with Johnson in the ring after beating Love, said: “I’m feeling more confident with every fight. I’m fighting this man in a few weeks and looking forward to getting some rounds in.

“I don’t mind how many rounds Kevin and I last in London as long as we put on a good show for the fight.”

Fellow Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell continued his apprenticeship at lightweight with a third-round stoppage win over outclassed Frenchman Aboubeker Bechelaghem.

There were also wins for former amateur stars Callum Smith and brothers Kal and Gamal Yafai, as well as former middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin.

Published: Saturday 9th May 2015 by The News Editor

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