The Anthony Joshua streak moved to 3 last night as the big man secured another quick stoppage as headliner for the Prizefighter bill in London’s York Hall.
His opponent in this one was there to be beaten, but that’s the same way it goes for any prospect at this stage in their career. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a complete novice or an Olympic gold medalist. It takes time to adjust to the pro game and a few gimmies are to be expected while they get used to doing rounds and the different styles of opponents.
The opponent here, Kisicek, took another highly rated British prospect Hughie Fury the distance recently. He was being brought in to be durable and give Joshua a bit of a work out. That didn’t happen, so it’s time to step him up to the next level now.
I believe Joshua has the biggest upside of any heavyweight prospect to come along in a long time. Usually, in new pros, you see either great ability or great potential. It’s rare you get both, and I think that’s what we have in Joshua. This guy has already got the skills to be a handful in the division and there’s still enormous room for improvement. He is still learning his craft. I genuinely feel he’s only reached about 25-30% of the fighter he’s capable of becoming.
Joshua will be out next on the Froch/Groves PPV later in the month. We will continue to keep an eye on him as he progresses.