Joshua continues flying start

  • Last Updated: November 14 2013, 23:52 GMT

Anthony Joshua continued the exciting start to his professional career with his third straight stoppage victory at York Hall.

Anthony Joshua: Cantered to a third pro victory
Anthony Joshua: Cantered to a third pro victory

The London 2012 super-heavyweight gold medallist moved to 3-0 with a second-round technical knockout victory over Hrvoje Kisicek in Bethnal Green.

Joshua knocked the Croatian to the canvas with powerful combination punches in the second and the contest was stopped shortly afterwards.

The 24-year-old beat Emanuele Leo and Paul Butlin in impressive fashion last month and was utterly dominant against his overmatched opponent on Thursday night.

With former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes watching on, Joshua unsteadied the much smaller Kisicek in the opening 20 seconds with a couple of strong jabs followed by a short left.

A fleshy Kisicek was then pinned against the ropes as Joshua rained down the punches although the underdog cleverly managed to move out of harm's way before too much damage was done.

Joshua started the second round in patient fashion before an explosive four-punch combination floored Kisicek.

To his credit, Kisicek beat the count and showed no ill-effects of the knockdown.

That did not dampen the spirits of Joshua, who once again forced his foe to the ropes before peppering him with unanswered punches, forcing the referee to step in midway through the round.

"I knew he was cagey and awkward and a very durable opponent. I started off calm and I built into the round and what I was planning on doing came a bit early," Joshua said afterwards on Sky Sports 1.

"A lot of the things that we've been working on in the gym, it's so important to take it into the ring and that's what we're trying to do at the minute. It's early doors but as the fights go on you'll start seeing new things and new tricks."

Joshua admitted he was desperate to impress American Holmes.

"I don't think I used my jab enough. Having such a legend sitting ringside, consciously I was thinking 'Larry Holmes is at the edge of the ring, let me pop my jab more'," Joshua added.

"But I've got to stay focused and as long as I stay focused then that's the main thing."

Joshua is being kept on his toes by promoter Eddie Hearn, with his next fight in just nine days' time on the Carl Froch-George Groves undercard before another bout on December 14.

"Next weekend, I'll be in Manchester competing again and I've got to just tone it down a bit and let my body rest once again," said Joshua.

"I've really got to get up for the fight in Manchester because whoever it is will be tough and then hopefully I'll win that because I've got a really tough opponent in December again."

Meanwhile, on the same bill Reading veteran Michael Sprott, 38, won Prizefighter The Heavyweights for a second time when he comfortably outpointed American Jason Gavern in the final.


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