Joshua Stops Wallin After Fifth Round

Anthony Joshua comprehensively stopped Otto Wallin after the fifth round to mark a triumphant return to Saudi Arabia. 

After seeing Deontay Wilder come up short against Joseph Parker, there was pressure on Joshua to deliver. He did not disappoint, starting well with his jab. The jab set up the right hand down the pipe, which Wallin had no answer for during the first two rounds. The same straight right bloodied Wallin’s nose and produced a cut under his right eye in the third.

By the fifth round, it was damage limitation for Wallin. Joshua landed a right to the body, followed by another right and left hook flush on the chin. The same right and left hook followed, resulting in Wallin’s trainer throwing in the towel after the round. In the aftermath, Joshua was still open to fighting Wilder and refrained from criticizing his performance. 

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“I can’t grade my performance. [Coach] Ben Davidson will judge that for me and the fans at home, so I’ll let them judge me. [That was] Not a throwback fight, just another fight. Just another day in the office. It’s like snakes and ladders, one wins moves you up, a defeat moves you all the way down.

“I’m searching for greatness, trying to improve. I wasn’t watching [Wilder]. I just focusing on myself. I heard Deontay lost. So what, he’ll come back. Look at Dubois this evening. You can come back and do anything. If he [Wilder] wants, he can come back and do it again,” Joshua

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