One of the "great" survivors in today's boxing world was finally stopped today, as Anthony Joshua trucked Kevin Johnson in two rounds to keep his stoppage streak alive and remain unbeaten, taking another step forward in his pro journey.
Joshua (13-0, 13 KO) and his team have been searching for an opponent who can actually last rounds with the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and Johnson, who has gone the distance with the likes of Vitali Klitschko, Tyson Fury, and Dereck Chisora, seemed as good a choice as anyone if the idea was indeed to see if Joshua could hold up over a longer fight.
Instead, Joshua's massive power caught Joshua and hurt him late in the round, at which point he was then dropped against the ropes. After getting up and continuing. Johnson was again battered by Joshua against the ropes, and Joshua landed a shot that came just after the bell and put Johnson back on the canvas. With his trainer all but carrying him back to the corner, Johnson made the call to continue on into round two. It didn't work out.
Joshua went back on the attack in the second round, hammering Johnson against the ropes once again. Johnson did get out briefly, walked around the ring, and then was against the ropes again, taking more heavy shots. Referee Ian-John Lewis stopped the contest with Johnson (29-7-1, 14 KO) still on his feet, and it was a good stoppage. Johnson was doing nothing, not holding, not throwing back, just getting hit.
Joshua is tentatively scheduled to return on July 18, and then will likely fight again in September.