Romanian Mihai Nistor not only beat Anthony Joshua but knocked out the current IBF champion at the European Amateur championships in 2011
ANTHONY Joshua faces the biggest challenge of his professional career when he takes on former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday.
If the big Ukrainian needed any tips on how to put down Joshua, then he should have called Mihai Nistor, the only man to ever knock out the current IBF champion.
The Romanian stopped Joshua in the European Amateur championships in Turkey in 2011.
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Nistor stunned the Brit with an onslaught of punches which Joshua had no answer to in the third round of their bout.
The loss still marks the only time any fighter has knocked out the 2012 Olympic champion. The Londoner has a perfect professional record of 18 wins, all by knock out.
Nistor recalls: “It was a special day, my trainer told me not to worry, Joshua is big but he’ll go down quickly if you punch him correctly.
“I didn’t know who he was or what he was going to become, he was a good boxer, he was moving all the time and he had a strong punch.”
Nistor added: “I beat him in 2011 and in 2012 he was an Olympic champion.”
While Joshua is set to earn over £10million for the blockbuster showdown with Klitschko, Nistor still fights as an amateur, earning a mere £1,200 per month, funded by the Romanian army.
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Whatever the huge gulf in earnings may be, Nistor insists Joshua’s millions mean nothing to him.
Nistor added: “I don’t do this sport for money, I do it for pleasure, because you don’t win if you are motivated by money.”
The Romanian is not the only man to cause Joshua problems in the ring, challenger Klitschko will study Dillian Whyte’s British title fight with Joshua back in 2015.
Whyte rocked the IBF champion in the second round of their dramatic fight at the O2. Joshua was on shaky ground but survived to claim a seventh-round knockout.
Joshua will put his IBF belt on the line, with the vacant WBA super and IBO titles up for grabs as well.