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Anthony Joshua Joins Boxing's Elite - What Next?
When Anthony Joshua disposed of the IBF world heavyweight champion Charles Martin with simple ease and in less than two rounds last weekend, the golden period for British and World boxing continued to grow.
Few had predicted such an easy fight but afterwards the world stood up and finally took notice of Joshua. When you have become a world champion in fewer fights than boxing legends Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Muhammed Ali. That’s when you know you have achieved something very special.
So far in 2016 The O2 has been a hive of excitement and activity in the boxing world. It all started with David Haye’s return to the ring and his sell out demolition of Mark de Mori, followed by Joshua’s title winning performance. It’s thrilling, it’s wide open and the heavyweight division is an attention demanding competition once again.
Haye and Joshua each have an army of fans that will follow them around the world and sell out the equivalent of The O2 three times over. The ultimate fight the fans are after is a showdown between the two to decide who faces current WBA Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Of course Fury needs to successfully defend his belts against the former champ Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester on July 9th. The all British heavyweight fight could be on sooner than we all expected.
The aim is for one of the current heavyweight champions to become the undisputed belt holder. Deontay Wilder the current WBA champion, Tyson Fury the WBA & WBO holder and now we have the new IBF champion, Anthony Joshua. It’s healthy competition and the aim is to follow in the footsteps of greats such as Tyson, Lewis and Ali.
This new Golden Generation of fighters is certainly making headlines and causing a stir that none of us can keep our eyes off.
You can follow all the action over at O2 Sports on Twitter and Instagram. The next big fight we have coming up is David Haye’s next bout against Arnold Gjergjaj at The O2 May 21s and you can get your tickets here. Each ticket bought will receive a a signed David Haye poster.