Boxing: Joshua beats Wallin as Parker outpoints More stunning in Riyadh

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Former world heavyweight champion Joshua won in a technical knockout after five rounds of his non-title fight in Riyadh.

Anthony Joshua conveyed one of his best shows with a great stoppage of Otto Wallin, who was taken out by his corner after the fifth round of an uneven session.

The 34-year-old made it three successes from three out of 2023 after his success in Riyadh on Saturday night.

Joshua, having already beaten Jermaine Franklin Jr by unanimous decision in April before sealing a seventh-round stoppage against Robert Helenius in August, cruised to a 27th professional career victory.

Joshua came flying out of the blocks in Riyadh and inflicted damage on Wallin as early as the second round.

Joshua landed a left hook to Wallin’s head, followed by a thunderous right cross and a second quick right, which left Wallin frazzled and with blood leaking from his right nostril.

On to the third and Wallin’s patched-up nose was pouring again as Joshua landed another right. A strong left knocked Wallin off balance, and the former European champion was backed up on to the ropes and now with a cut to his right eye.

A steely-looking Joshua showed no sign of easing up in the fourth round as he landed a number of head and body shots on his opponent. A right hand skimmed the face of Wallin, with Joshua looking comfortable and in control.

In the fifth, Joshua was throwing menacing, calculated punches, with Wallin offering little to nothing in attack. With just about one minute of the round remaining, Joshua unleashed a superb left hook to leave Wallin stumbling towards the ropes.


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