Anthony Joshua MBE produced scintillating fireworks to stop Michael Sprott inside 90 seconds at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Joshua hurt Sprott with a big right hand and sensing the Reading man was in trouble he poured the pressure on and with nothing coming back, Joshua made it ten wins and ten KOs in the paid ranks.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that the Olympic gold medal hero will face Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson on January 31 at The O2, and for Joshua, it was a satisfying end to 2014.
“I’m glad to get the year out of the way, it’s been a busy one,” said Joshua. “He wanted to carry on and so did I. I love this city, these fans are amazing. Kevin Johnson is durable and he’s got a lot of experience and quite a lot of mouth, so it should be a fun one.”
Eddie Hearn: “He’s had nine fights but when he backs you onto the ropes he’s ruthless. We’ll take on Kevin Johnson in January and he will be ready to face anyone in the country next summer.”
Carl Froch: “I know Anthony very well, he’ll go on to win World titles. Michael is nearing the end of his career, but when’s the last time you saw such a specimen in the Heavyweight division as Anthony? He unloads so impressively and tenaciously, it’s perfect. Matching him up is a nightmare. Everyone loves him and rightly so, what a fine fighter and person he is, he’s the full package.”