Another day, another punch machine score to analyse. This time, we take a look at how the former Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua, got on.
Joshua dropped by the offices of DAZN today – a visit fans will hope triggers an announcement of his next opponent. The heavyweight recently signed a deal for the platform to broadcast his fights that was reportedly worth over £100 million.
Whilst there, he took on the punch machine challenge to show off some of the power that has ended 22 fights inside the distance. Stepping up with a solid left hook, he gained quite a bit of an audience in the building of the sports entertainment giant.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) October 7, 2022
The punch rattled the machine and threw up a very respectable score of 965 – just short of Tyson Fury’s recent score of 993. Having said that, these machines are only really capable of showing who’s the strongest on a stag do, so any comparisons should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Tyson Fury obliterating the punch machine challenge with a huge left hook today…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 14, 2022
Unfortunately, the punch scores between Fury and ‘AJ’ are the closest we’ll get to a competition between the two – certainly this year. Public negotiations and behind the scenes contract talks had fans hopeful recently for a December showdown in Cardiff, but the fight plans broke down for a second time this year.
Both men are now short of an opponent, with announcements expected soon. Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, has floated the date of December 17 at Wembley Arena for his fighter to return to the ring following two gruelling losses to Oleksandr Usyk. ‘The Gypsy King’ has all but confirmed a December 3 date in Cardiff.