British heavyweight superstar Anthony Joshua is gearing up for a massive event in New York City this Saturday night.
Joshua will step into the ring for his 23rd professional fight on Saturday. Already, boxing pundits and punters alike are debating when the world champion will be inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame (HoF).
The International Boxing Hall of Fame recognises the achievements of the sport’s best competitors. 131 boxers taking pride of place in the modern era.
And research from Grosvenorsport.com reveals what AJ must do to join the likes of Muhammad Ali in the HOF.
The average record of a modern HOF inductee is 69 wins, two losses and 11 draws, with a KO record of 39. Anthony Joshua is currently on 22 wins, with no losses or draws. He also holds an incredible record of 21 KOs.
The Watford-born brawler can take one step further to greatness by defeating Ruiz Jr. on Saturday in New York’s Madison Square Garden. He would become only the seventh Brit to join the illustrious modern HoF when the time comes.
Already in the exclusive club are British boxers Judah Bergman, Ken Buchanan, Randy Turpin, Lennox Lewis, Joe Calzaghe and Naseem Hamed.
Joshua is arguably not far from being added to that list.
Calzaghe’s record of 46-0-0 with 32 KOs is incredible. Lewis’ 41-2-1 with 32 KOs and Hamed’s 36-1-0 with 31 KOs put them comfortably in the list of British boxing greats.
Joshua may still need to reach 30 or 40 fights, with a similar amount of wins, before being considered as a British boxing legend. At 30, he still has time on his side. Joshua will be confident of racking up more victories to make him a contender.
Steve Munns, Head of Sport at Grosvenorsport.com, said: “Anthony Joshua is world heavyweight champion for a reason. While he still has a number of big fights left in his career, it’s not inconceivable to be viewing him as a contender for the Hall of Fame.
“Andy Ruiz Jr. is expected to be a routine victory. But Joshua will have an eye on the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Those fights could come further down the line.
“If AJ can maintain his current level over the coming years, then it won’t be long before he’s mentioned in the same breath as Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.”
1/ Tyson Fury
2/ Deontay Wilder
3/ Anthony Joshua
4/ Dillian Whyte
5/ Kubrat Pulev