Here at Big Fight Weekend, we love watching heavyweight boxing like many others and have enjoyed watching greats over the years, such as Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, and George Foreman. Betting enthusiasts eagerly placed their wagers on these epic fighters, captivated by their power and skill on display in the ring. Looking at more recent times, we have followed the rise of Anthony Joshua from his glorious triumph at the London 2012 Olympics to his memorable win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in 2017. As we build up to AJ vs. Dillian Whyte on August 12, we wanted to pay homage to the five most memorable Anthony Joshua fights each a high-stakes showdown that kept fans on the edge of their seats.
5 Biggest Anthony Joshua Fights
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Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte
AJ and Whyte will face each other again on August 12, 2023. The first time they met in the professional ranks was back on December 12, 2015. There was no love lost between the two, which seeped through from Whyte’s win over Joshua in the amateurs. A boisterous crowd mixed with bad blood between the teams created a brilliant atmosphere, which resulted in Joshua stopping Whyte with a devastating uppercut in round seven.
Anthony Joshua v Roberto Cammarelle
Joshua faced off against Roberto Cammarelle in the 2012 Olympic final in London. AJ had a tough journey to the final beating Erislandy Savon, Zhilei Zhang, and Ivan Dychko in the earlier rounds. Joshua defeated the experienced Cammarelle by way of countback after identical scores. He struggled in the first two rounds but came back strong in the final round, which saw him memorably awarded the gold medal in front of his home crowd.
Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz I
AJ came into this fight as an overwhelming favourite against Andy Ruiz at Madison Square Garden. The Californian-born fighter sprang one of the biggest shocks – in the history of heavyweight boxing. Ruiz was an 11-1 underdog and came into the fight on 5 weeks’ notice. Joshua floored the Californian fighter in round three, but he beat the count and proceeded to floor AJ twice, before the undefeated champion was sent crashing to the canvas for a third and fourth time in the seventh round, which forced referee Mike Griffin to wave off the contest, awarding Ruiz a deserved win that shocked the world of boxing.
Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz II
Joshua decided to take the immediate rematch against Ruiz, with the second fight taking place at the Diriyah Arena, in Saudi Arabia. This was a massive night for AJ, and he needed to banish the memories from summer 2019. AJ boxed diligently throughout and was measured and controlled with every punch thrown. Despite Ruiz looking like he had overindulged since defeating the Watford-born fighter, AJ got his tactics spot on and won a wide points decision with the judge’s scorecards reading 118–110 on two scorecards and 119–109 on the other.
Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko
After some routine defences, Anthony Joshua finally faced Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. AJ floored the Ukrainian in round five, which seemed to awaken Klitschko, who rallied to end the round strongly, before sending shockwaves around Wembley in round six, flooring the British fighter. The next few rounds were cagey, with both wary of the power of the other. Joshua appeared rejuvenated in round eleven, sending his Ukrainian opponent to the canvas twice, and landing a devastating uppercut which rocked Klitschko. Following a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the fight, awarding AJ a historic victory. Eddie Hearn wrote an article for GQ magazine, where he described the fight as “the greatest night in British boxing history.”