In a heavyweight bout, Anthony Joshua secured a commanding seventh-round knockout against Robert Helenius, marking his first KO victory since his triumph over Kubrat Puliev in late 2020.
Initially, Joshua was gearing up for a rematch with Whyte at London’s O2 Arena.
But after Whyte’s recent drug test complications, Helenius stepped up to the challenge on short notice, having just fought in Finland a week prior.
Despite Helenius’s early aggressive tactics, Joshua patiently used his jabs, seeking the right moment to strike.
A once restless London crowd erupted in excitement as Joshua’s swift three-punch combo in the seventh round left Helenius reeling.
With Helenius collapsing against the ropes, the referee swiftly concluded the match, recognizing the definitive nature of Joshua’s knockout.
Joshua following his victory was seen celebrating alongside UFC legend, Conor McGregor.
This win signifies a pivotal momentum shift for Joshua, especially after recent fights had fans yearning for his knockout prowess.
While Deontay Wilder had previously defeated Helenius in the first round, Joshua’s recent performance solidifies his position, building anticipation for a potential face-off with the former WBC heavyweight champion.