At the O2 Arena in London on Saturday, Anthony Joshua managed to knock down Robert Helenius within seven rounds.
Initially, Joshua was set to face Dillan Whyte, but due to Whyte’s pre-fight anti-doping protocol results showing adverse findings, the bout had to be canceled.
With just a week’s notice, Joshua needed a replacement opponent, and Helenius stepped up after securing a three-round victory over Mika Mielonen in Finland the previous weekend.
After suffering a first-round knockout from Deontay Wilder, Helenius saw this fight as a chance to re-enter the heavyweight division’s top ranks. He came out strong, attacking Joshua’s guard in the opening round.
Joshua, a former unified champion, is resolute in his quest to regain a title, and facing Helenius was another step on that journey. He maintained patience, strategically wearing down Helenius with well-timed combinations before delivering a forceful finish.