The IBF and WBA world titles are on the line when AJ faces Ukrainian ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ at Wembley on Saturday
ANTHONY JOSHUA will attempt to unify the heavyweight division after just 19 fights when he takes on Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF and WBA world titles.
This is what the some of boxing’s legendary fighters were doing in their 19th bout…
MUHAMMAD ALI: June 18, 1963 Wembley Stadium
Ali was put on his back side near the end of the fourth round by Henry Cooper and his corner were later accused of deliberately splitting his glove to give him more recovery time between rounds.
Ali battled back for a fifth round victory in front of 35,000 fans.
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO: May 23, 1998, Offenburg, Germany
Tragedy was to follow Klitschko’s fourth round win over Cody Koch as the Alaskan Assassin died two months after the bout – one day before his 26th birthday – following a night club bust up
LENNOX LEWIS: February 1, 1992 Caesar’s Palace, Nevada
Former undisputed world champion Lewis made his Las Vegas debut aged 26 against journeyman Levi Billups and cruised to a unanimous points decision over 10 rounds.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER: December 19, 1998. Miami, Florida
Mayweather junior staked his claim to be the world’s best 130lb fighter when he hammered Angel Manfredy to retain his WBC world superfeatherweight title.
He needed just two minutes and 47 seconds of the second round.
MIKE TYSON: March 10, 1986 Uniondale, New York
Iron Mike, ranked 10th by the WBC, made is 19 straight victories with an easy third round KO, landing a right uppercut that snapped back Steve Zouski’s head.
A massive left hook sent Zouski down face first in a non-title fight.
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FRANK BRUNO: October 11, 1983 Royal Albert Hall, London
Bruno’s non title bout had the makings of an upset when he was badly shaken by a Floyd Cummings right at the end of the first rounds.
However he was sparred his blushes when he stopped Cummings in the seventh.
Cummings got to his feet but then collapsed.
RICKY HATTON: May 16, 2000 Spectrum Arena Warrington
The Hitman made it 19 bouts 19 wins when he totally outclassed Ambioris Figuero in the fourth round of 12.
It would be another 20 fights before he won the IBF world light welterweight title against Kostya Tszyu at home town Manchester Arena.
NIGEL BENN: October 26, 1988. Royal Albert Hall, London
The Dark Destroyer lived up to his name when he stopped South African Anthony Logan in the second round to retain his Commonwealth middleweight title.
It took another 18 months for him to fight Doug DeWitt in Atlantic City where he won the WBO world middleweight crown.
EVANDER HOLYFIELD: July 16, 1988 Stateline, Nevada
In a non-title fight against James Tillis, The Real Deal racked up an easy win on his step up to heavyweight from cruiserweight when his rival retired hurt at the end of five rounds.
Eight years later he beat Mike Tyson to win the WBA heavyweight crown.
BUSTER DOUGLAS: July 5, 1983 Sands Hotel Las Vegas
His win over Dave Johnson in a non title bout gave no clue to the history he was to make some seven years later.
He did that when he ended Mike Tyson’s total domination of the heavyweight division by stopping Iron Mike in the biggest upset of all time.