Anthony Joshua, a Nigerian-born British boxer, defeated Otta Wallin in a dominant five-round technical knockout victory on Sunday.
The former two-time unified heavyweight champion came back with a bang, securing a decisive fifth-round TKO victory over Otto Wallin at the Day of Reckoning event in Riyadh.
The 34-year-old boxer won by technical knockout after using a powerful jab and right-hand combination to overwhelm his Swedish opponent, who eventually had to retire from the fight.
Despite the dominant performance, Joshua refused to self-assess his performance, leaving that to his team.
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“It’s another fight,” he said, “another day at the office.”
He, however, acknowledged Wallin’s tenacity and emphasized the importance of victory at all costs, comparing the sport to a “snakes and ladders” game.
While Joshua was able to bully his opponent into submission, a major upset occurred in the preliminary bout when Deontay Wilder, the former WBC champion, was defeated by Joseph Parker.
Many are now concerned that the development will have an impact on the highly anticipated Joshua-Wilder match.
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“I wasn’t watching Wilder,” Joshua said, his focus solely on his own journey. “He’ll be back,” he added, hinting at a potential future showdown.
With Wilder potentially off the table, Joshua’s sights now turn to the winner of the upcoming heavyweight unification bout between Usyk and Fury.
“That would be great,” he admitted, envisioning a potential return to his former three-time champion glory.
With the way he is ending 2023 in style, Joshua has proved his doubters and critics wrong for the umpteenth time as he continues to show he is far from finished.
“This game is a treacherous business,” he acknowledged, stressing the importance of consistency and resilience in the climb to the top.