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Joshua gets back on track, knocks out Helenius

Anthony Joshua regained his boxing form on Saturday night, knocking out Robert Helenius in the seventh round of their heavyweight fight at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.

Joshua, 32, who was originally scheduled to face Dillian Whyte, was in control from the outset against the Finnish challenger. He landed some heavy punches in the early rounds, and Helenius was visibly struggling by the end of the sixth.

In the seventh round, Joshua landed a thunderous right cross that sent Helenius crashing to the canvas. The referee immediately waved off the fight, giving Joshua a seventh-round knockout victory.

Notably, this was a much-needed win for Joshua, who had lost his last two fights to Oleksandr Usyk. The knockout will give him a boost of confidence ahead of his next fight, which is expected to be against Deontay Wilder in 2024.

Joshua, a former unified champion, was obviously pleased with his performance on Saturday night as he said: “I’m happy with the win. I wanted to get back to winning ways and I did that. I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”

Helenius, 39, was also complimentary of Joshua. “He’s a very good fighter,” he said.

The win over Helenius puts Joshua back in the mix for a world title shot. He will be hoping to avenge his losses to Usyk in a rematch sometime in the near future.

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