Fight by Fight: A look at every win by Anthony Joshua and what it could mean for Usyk

Joshua's most common victory is TKO/KO in round two while he has never won a fight in rounds four, five, six, eight and 12.

Anthony Joshua normally produces a knockout. In 25 professional bouts, 22 of them have ended inside the distance.

Ahead of his upcoming fight against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night, Planet Sport looks at all of Joshua's wins since 2013 and whether it can be replicated against his Ukrainian opponent via Planet Sport Bet.

Wins in round one: 5

Joshua has produced five knockouts inside the opening round of his professional career, including in his debut bout against Italian journeyman Emanuele Leo.

Hector Avila, Matt Legg - on the undercard of Froch-Groves 2 at Wembley Stadium - Michael Sprott and Scotsman Gary Cornish all tasted Joshua´s knockout power in the opening round.

Wins in round two: 7

Round two is Joshua's most common round when winning via KO/TKO.

The standout victory from the seven is his maiden world title challenge against Charles Martin for the vacant IBF heavyweight world title at London's O2 Arena back in 2016.

Other quickfire victories include Hrvoje Kisicek, Dorian Darch, Matt Skelton, Denis Bakhtov, Raphael Zumbano Love and Kevin Johnson, who all fell in the second stanza.

Wins in round three: 3

With three knockouts in round three, AJ's total of 15 wins inside the first three rounds illustrates the 31-year-old's prodigious punching power.

The first of Joshua's three wins in the third round occurred back in 2014 against German Konstantin Airich. Jason Gavern followed suit in his 11th professional contest but most notably, Eric Molina was also stopped inside three, in the second defence of Joshua's IBF title in 2016.

Wins in round seven: 3

Round seven has proven to be a lucky one for Joshua, with the Watford born world champion claiming three big wins by KO in the seventh round.

The first of AJ's lucky No.7 victims was long-time rival Dillian Whyte, who was blown away by a devastating uppercut in the seventh in what was a brilliant fight that saw Joshua rocked for the first time in his still-young career.

However, AJ showed a great deal of heart and skill as he violently dismissed Whyte, who, despite an excellent career revival, is still waiting for his shot at redemption and AJ´s heavyweight crown.

Wins in round nine: 1

Just one of Anthony Joshua's 24 career victories have occurred in the ninth round - that was an impressive stoppage of Bulgarian veteran Kubrat Pulev at the back-end of last year.

Having been out of the ring for just over 12 months following his redemptive points decision win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, Joshua scored a brutal knockout of the then 39-year old of their world title fight.

Dropping his opponent three times in all, AJ finished the job in the ninth with a series of uppercuts that floored Pulev.

Wins in round ten: 1

The sole tenth round success of AJ's career occurred back in 2017 with Carlos Takam the victim in this his first multiple world title defence.

However, while a deserved winner, this was not the spectacle that many had expected. Joshua entered the bout on the back of his brilliant stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko six months earlier at Wembley.

In a tough and tight affair, this TKO victory was considered a poor stoppage, with the Frenchman still firing back shots as referee Phil Edwards waved off the contest.

Wins in round eleven: 1

The only eleventh round stoppage on his resume and surely AJ's greatest hour to date.

Having been denied the opportunity of a rematch with Tyson Fury, Klitschko arrived in London for a heavyweight title fight that will live long in the memory of anyone fortunate enough to witness it.

Entering the bout as an odds-on-favourite, Joshua was expected to take care of the veteran Ukrainian, but both men would taste the canvas in a back and forth slugfest that brought back memories of classic heavyweight bouts from bygone eras.

It was Joshua who would score a devastating eleventh round KO, having almost decapitated the valiant Ukrainian with a violent uppercut earlier in the round.

Wins by decision: 2

Only twice in his career has Joshua gone the full 12 rounds - first, in a one-sided unification clash against New Zealander Joseph Parker in 2017.

A rejuvenated display in 2020 saw him defeat Mexico's Ruiz in Saudi Arabia. In doing so, he won back his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles against an out-of-shape Ruiz.

What it means

As expected, Joshua dispatched most of his opponents inside the opening couple of rounds during the first 18 months of his career as a professional.

His world title challenge against Martin also ended inside the second round but as theopposition has improved, the longer the fights have gone on for Joshua.

Two of his last five contests have ended via unanimous decision wins for Joshua while his two other victories ended in round seven and nine.

Joshua is no longer a novice and understands the importance of pacing himself in a heavyweight bout against worthy contenders.

The unified champion will be expecting another tough night on Saturday but he is favourite to get the job done and make a successful defence as unified champion.

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