By Benjy Swan: 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (6-0, 6 KO’s) took a couple of monstrous left hooks to the head from opponent Matt Legg (7-3, 3 KO’s) before coming on to stop him with a perfectly placed right uppercut to knock him out tonight at the Wembley Stadium in London, England. Legg tried to crawl to his feet, but the referee waived it off just as Legg made it back to his feet at the count of 10.
Joshua was hit with a big left hook in the first seconds of the fight that seemed to rattle him briefly, as it caused him to take a couple of steps back to the ropes. But Joshua came back firing a blizzard of punches that, if nothing else, kept Legg from getting close enough to land another big left hook. Joshua’s punches mostly missed.
Seconds later, Legg hit Joshua with another powerful left hook that snapped Joshua in his tracks. Like before, Joshua kept throwing punches without much aim. It was pretty wild stuff. Legg gave Joshua an opening when he stopped throwing punches long enough for Joshua to measure him for a right uppercut, which he hit him with to put Legg on the canvas. Legg was too hurt to beat the count as the punch had hit him right on the chin.
At the end of the fight, Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter for Matchroom Sport, said “Matt Skelton on July 12th in Liverpool,” in naming who and when Joshua will be fighting again.
This victory showed both the good and the bad sides of Joshua. The good was that he showed excellent power and a certain amount of ring intelligence in selecting an uppercut to hit Legg with. The bad was Joshua’s poor defense, as he was really nailed hard twice by Legg in the brief amount of time the fight lasted. Most good heavyweights would have been able to stop Legg without getting hit at all.