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CompuBox: Anthony Joshua’s evolution compared to Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua’s style has changed over the years, just as Wladimir Klitschko’s did.

Joshua v Klitschko - Return to Wembley Documentary Photo Zenon Texeira/Opus Media/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

When Anthony Joshua met Wladimir Klitschko back in 2017, he was more slugger than boxer — he’d stopped all of his professional opponents and done so throwing more power punches than jabs.

But since Klitschko — whom Joshua stopped in the 11th round of a great fight — Joshua’s approach has changed to more jabs than power punches, and that was never more evident than this past Saturday, where Joshua jabbed his way to a one-sided win over Andy Ruiz Jr in their big rematch in Saudi Arabia.

CompuBox looked at the evolution of Joshua, now 30, and what we saw with Wladimir Klitschko over his career, too.

From CompuBox:

Anthony Joshua boxed his way to a unanimous decision win over Andy Ruiz Saturday in Saudi Arabia, regaining three straps (WBA, IBF, WBO) that were on loan to the portly Ruiz who tipped the scales at 283 lbs., the second heaviest combatant to fight for the heavyweight title. Joshua weighed 237 lbs., 10 pounds lighter than their first fight, won by Ruiz via seventh round ko. What did AJ do differently? JAB, JAB and JAB again. 72% of Joshua’s thrown punches and 61% of his landed punches vs. Ruiz in the rematch were jabs. The table below compares Joshua’s punch distribution vs. Ruiz in the rematch to his output in previous stages of his career. Also included is a look at the stats of Wladimir Klitschko in his last 17 fights (post Brewster I) to stats from his 10 fights before his KO loss to Brewster.

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