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Anthony Joshua withdraws from Kevin Johnson bout

Anthony Joshua is dealing with a nagging back injury, and is out of his January 31 fight.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua won't be fighting as planned on January 31, as he's pulled out of a scheduled fight with veteran Kevin Johnson due to a back injury, specially a Pars stress fracture, which could be something that haunts him if not properly taken care of.

From the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation:

Pars stress fractures occur in young athletes involved in repetitive bending and straightening of the spine. They are generally self-limited and get better with rest followed by rehabilitation. A specific stretching and spinal stabilization program is important to allow the athlete to successfully return to his or her sport.

With this sort of injury, Joshua (10-0, 10 KO) really has no choice but to rest up the injury. He does have another tentative date already set, on April 4 in Newcastle. That could serve as a rescheduling of the Johnson fight.

Joshua, 25, won gold in the super heavyweight division at London 2012, and has devastated pro opponents thus far, with none of his ten foes making it past round three.

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