Anthony Joshua’s star keeps rising. Eight fights in and the crowd were expectant, too much so for such a novice but boy did he deliver.
Konstantin Airich came with the same plan as usual – a high guard and never a back step taken, unfortunately tonight the reigning Olympic gold medalist simply had far too much for the seasoned journeyman.
During the opening two rounds Joshua controlled the action, bouncing stiff jabs off his opponents forehead as he plodded around the ring after the British prospect. It was clearly evident here that his recent excursion away in training camp with reigning lineal world champion Wladimir Klitschko had paid dividends.
Picking the correct shots was key for Joshua as he looked classy in despatching this durable fighter with ease. The problem Eddie Hearn – Joshua’s promoter will have now is holding this young talent back. He is quickly closing up the British rankings and looks set for an eliminator shortly with one of the isle’s seasoned heavyweights.
Midway through the third round, Joshua seemed to destroy any further resolve the German had left in the tank and unloaded a barrage of shots upon his stricken opponent against the ropes.
Airich took the full eight count from the referee and stood on shaky legs but seemed determined to continue. It was clear from this moment on the fight would not last until the end of the round as the former David Price opponent laboured around the ring being hit with everything but the kitchen sink.
A quick fire combination of eight or nine punches and the referee Steve Gray had seen enough, the towel had already come in and the fight was declared at one minute sixteen of the third round.
Joshua moves to (8-0, 8KO’s) and the star keeps rising, a match up Denis Bakhtov awaits on October 11th in 02 Arena, London in which he will fight for his first professional title – the vacant WBC international heavyweight title.