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When Anthony Joshua scored the most dramatic punch knockout of his career start against a Brazilian opponent


Anthony Joshua now reigns as the unified heavyweight world champion with a 24-1 record (22 KOs).

It’s a position that has been built over seven and a half years as a professional and will be on the line when he faces Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.

Joshua to defend his heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25
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When Anthony Joshua scored the most dramatic punch knockout of his career start against a Brazilian opponent
Joshua took out all of his first opponents in style, but this one-punch knockout was particularly brutal

In 2012, AJ won Olympic gold and took his time before making his professional debut in October 2013.

The first stage of his career saw him boxing across the UK against Fellowship opposition, simultaneously building his fan base and his record.

For Joshua’s 12th fight – the last fight of this debut leg – he faced Brazilian Raphael Zumbano Love in Birmingham.

He did a quick job of the fight, knocking out Zumbano Love in the second round.

When Anthony Joshua scored the most dramatic punch knockout of his career start against a Brazilian opponent
Zumbano Love also fought Andy Ruiz Jr

He remains one of AJ’s most aesthetically impressive knockouts as he flattens his opponent with just one straight right hand.

Zumbano Love fell straight back and looked shocked at the power of the 25-year-old best prospect.

He rushed to the canvas and tried to get up, but fell again and the referee called off the fight.

When he got up he was on unstable legs and tripped back on the ropes.

When Anthony Joshua scored the most dramatic punch knockout of his career start against a Brazilian opponent
Ruiz Jr beat Joshua in their first fight, but AJ dominated the rematch
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After being beaten by AJ, Zumbano Love won a fight in Brazil, but then faced another heavyweight prospect – Andy Ruiz Jr.

Unlike Joshua, Ruiz Jr couldn’t get the KO on the journeyman and instead beat him by unanimous decision in eight rounds.

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