Anthony Joshua brutally knocks out Robert Helenius in heavyweight clash

The punch that ended it all (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

Former two-time unified world boxing champion Anthony Joshua just picked up a huge win after knocking out Robert Helenius in the seventh round of their heavyweight showdown last August 13, 2023, held at London’s O2 Arena.

The British slugger timed a vicious right straight punch that landed quickly to Helenius’ right jaw with only 1:36 remaining in the seventh round of the fight.

After landing two-straight left jabs, Joshua set up his one-punch knockout with another sweeping left that opened up his right jaw.

Soon as Helenius dropped to the canvass, the match referee immediately waved his hands and didn’t even trigger the eight-count rule after seeing the Finish boxer close his eyes while grimacing in pain.

Joshua started the match slow as Helenius’ length bothered his continuous jabs and was also held back after getting hit with several hooks to the head.

The British star picked up the pace in the following round after finding his desired distance to throw his signature jab-straight combinations that helped him even the scorecards.

Despite the lack of intense action in the next rounds that drew some boos from the crowd in London, Joshua was still effective after scoring successive points with his accurate jabs.

The boos continued in the sixth round as Helenius was shy in throwing the heavy bombs he did in the first round and was focusing more on defending himself from Joshua’s jabs.

Joshua then turned it up in the seventh round and closed the curtains on Helenius with a heavy right strike that put the whole O2 Arena on their feet.

With the victory, Joshua now won two-straight matches since falling to Oleksandr Usyk and improved his professional boxing record to 26 wins, 23 knockouts, and three defeats.