Anthony Joshua vs. Gary Cornish

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Anthony Joshua vs. Gary Cornish
Date12 September 2015
Venue The O2 Arena, London, England
Title(s) on the line WBC International, and vacant Commonwealth heavyweight titles
Tale of the tape
Boxer Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Cornish
Nickname AJ Highlander
Hometown Watford, Hertfordshire, England Inverness, Scotland
Pre-fight record 13–0 (13 KOs) 21–0 (12 KOs)
Height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm) 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Weight 249 lb (113 kg) 256 lb (116 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition WBC International heavyweight champion IBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
Result
Joshua defeated Cornish in the first-round by TKO

Anthony Joshua vs. Gary Cornish, billed as Heavy Duty, was a heavyweight professional boxing match contested between undefeated WBC International champion Anthony Joshua, and undefeated IBO Inter-Continental champion Gary Cornish, with Joshua's WBC International, and the vacant Commonwealth titles on the line. The bout took place on 12 September 2015 at The O2 Arena in London, England. Joshua defeated Cornish, adding the Commonwealth title to his WBC International title via first-round technical knockout (TKO).

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Background

Both fighters last fought in May 2015; Cornish scoring a fourth-round TKO win over Zoltan Csala to capture the IBO Inter-Continental title [1] and Joshua scoring a second-round TKO over former world title challenger Kevin Johnson–the first stoppage loss of Johnson's career–to retain his WBC International title. [2]

After Lucas Browne relinquished the Commonwealth title in order to face WBA (Regular) champion Ruslan Chagaev, [3] the Commonwealth Boxing Council ordered Joshua vs. Cornish for the vacant title, with the fight scheduled to take place on 12 September at The O2 Arena in London, live on Sky Sports. [4]

The Fight

With both men showing intent to fight from the opening bell, Joshua landed a solid right hand a little under a minute into the fight, dropping the Scottish challenger to the canvas. Cornish made it to his feet before the referee's count of ten, only to be met by a sustained attack from Joshua. On the receiving end of another right hand, Cornish was down for a second time halfway through the round. He again made it to his feet just before the count of ten on unsteady legs, prompting referee Victor Loughlin to wave off the fight, giving Joshua his first major regional title via first-round TKO. Immediately after the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn revealed a deal was in place for Joshua to take on undefeated rival Dillian Whyte. [5]

Fight card

Weight Classvs.MethodRoundTimeNotes
Heavyweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Joshua (c)def. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gary Cornish TKO1/121:37 Note 1
Super-lightweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Wayne Hibbert (c)def. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dave Ryan TKO10/121:43 Note 2
Heavyweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dillian Whyte def. Flag of the United States.svg Brian Minto TKO3/120:26 Note 3
Flyweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Charlie Edwards def. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Louis Norman (c)UD10 Note 4
Featherweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Reece Bellotti def. Flag of France.svg Adel HadjouisPTS6
Super-lightweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Cassius Connordef. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ricky BoylanPTS10
Super-lightweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tommy Martin def. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Michael DevineTKO10/12 Note 5
Light-heavyweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jake Balldef. Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Haidar SadiqTKO1/40:25
Light-middleweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ted Cheeseman def. Flag of Hungary.svg Gabor AmbrusTKO2/40:54
Super-lightweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ohara Davies def. Flag of France.svg Dame SeckTKO3/62:41
Super-bantamweight Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lucien Reid def. Flag of Spain.svg Samuel EscobarPTS4

^Note 1 For WBC International, and vacant Commonwealth heavyweight titles
^Note 2 For Commonwealth, and WBC International super-lightweight titles
^Note 3 For vacant WBC International Silver heavyweight title
^Note 4 For English flyweight title
^Note 5 For vacant WBA Continental super-lightweight title

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