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Anthony Joshua - Future Pro Heavweight World Champion?



This 21 year old amateur super heavyweight from England is through to the World Amateur Championship finals, scheduled for 10am GMT on Saturday 8 Oct (BoxNation will show live in the UK).

I have just watched him bust up the German Erik Pfeifer in the semi-final and stop him on a possible broken nose, however, much more impressive than this is the fact that he beat the reigning World (2 time) and Olympic champion, Roberto Cammarelle, in the quarter-final (close decision, 15-13).
Now, i didn't see the Cammarelle fight, and maybe after all the years of fighting and winning at the highest amateur level, 31 year old Roberto is finally nearing the end, or maybe not. Maybe Joshua is just that good?
Joshua certainly looks the part to me, an accurate puncher with pretty slick skills and solid power, as his impressive upper body indicates.

As a UK boxing fan i am very pleased to see not only Joshua, but also Luke Campbell from England and Andrew Selby from Wales make it through to the finals, guaranteeing themselves at least a silver medal. Thomas Stalker of England goes home with a bronze medal after being outpointed by the Ukranian Denis Berinchyk today.
This year could well turn out to be the most successful World Championships ever for the UK, with Frankie Gavin being our first ever World Amateur Champion in 2007 in Chicago. Along with the 2008 Olympic medal winners, these most recent results just go to show how much UK boxing has improved and progressed over the last few years.

By the way, the Ukraine seem to be almost up there with Russia now as the top amateur boxing nation, following the decline of both Cuba and the USA.
If you haven't seen him already and you are watching the finals tomorrow, look out for Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion at featherweight and won the boxer of the tournament award at the 2008 Olympics.  Still only 23 years old, i hope he turns pro after London 2012. He really is something special.

Anthony Joshua might just be that too.

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