Anthony Joshua halts Jason Gavern with perfect performance in comeback fight
In his all-white boxing kit on Saturday at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, Anthony Joshua looked the part as he shifted his record to 11 straight wins within three rounds, beating the tough and durable Jason Gavern.
Looking relaxed and confident Joshua rocked Gavern in the first round with a left, hurt him shortly after with a right – and by the end of the first round Gavern had clearly retreated into survival mode.
Quality punches from Joshua in the second round sent Gavern to the canvas twice again, and with every clean punch that landed Joshua’s opponent looked visibly shaken.
At one minute and 27 seconds into the third it was all over, as Gavern – the Florida man – could take no more punishment.
There is something special about Joshua – the Olympic gold medalist from Watford. He has a measured poise and confidence, and a buzz that has been missed from the heavyweight division since Lenox Lewis retired from boxing in 2004.
What Tyson Fury and Derick Chisora bring to the sport in verbose childishness, Joshua makes up for in modesty, likeability and seriousness.
Joshua’s next oppenent on May 30 at London’s O2 Arena is against solid American Kevin Johnson who has never been stopped in his twelve-year long career.
Johnson has touched gloves with some of the best – once going the distance with former world titlist and heavyweight hardman Vitali Klitschko, and seeing the final bell against Brits Fury and Chisora.
Speaking after his win, Joshua said: “Johnson has same type of style as Jason [Gavern],” he continued. “He was a defensive puzzle to unfold but I slowly broke him down and it will be the same with Kevin Johnson.
“There are two sides to a fight, the first six and the second six. One way or another they will get broken down whether it is in the first half or second half.”
Joshua has never been beyond three rounds, and it’s doubtful Johnson will be the first man to show him the fourth.