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Joshua slays the Highlander to claim Commonwealth crown

TAKE THAT: Anthony Joshua (right) lands a big shot in his fight against Gary Cornish
Photo credits: Ernest Simons

THE BOUT was billed as 'Heavy Duty' but heavyweight Anthony Joshua beat opponent Gary Cornish inside a round to win the Commonwealth title at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night.

Prior to the fight, Joshua asked of the crowd: 'London are you ready for me?' Cornish clearly was not. It took Joshua, known as AJ, took just 1 minute 37 seconds to dismiss Cornish as the referee stopped the fight before some punters had even taken their seats.

Joshua's ring walk included clips of his previous 13 unbeaten fights and now he can add his devastating defeat of his latest foe to that tally.

Experts have said that Joshua had not been truly tested. After tonight's bout they will have to repeat those words as the previously unbeaten Cornish was no match for the Watford pugilist.

Amazingly, all 14 of Joshua's professional victories have come by way of knockouts. Cornish, 28, had taken six weeks out from his job as a labourer to prepare for his big nigh out in London; the truth was he was clearly out of his depth against a man who has the look of a world champion about him.

JOB DONE: Beaten Cornish (right) takes refuge on the canvas as Joshua makes his way to a neutral corner
Photo credits: Ernest Simons

Joshua's power immediately unsettled Cornish and then a big right-hand from the London 2012 gold medallist rocked the Scot and he was on the canvas. He took a count but his legs were now doing a fair impression of jelly. Joshua hunted down his man and finished the task with further big shots.

It is now anticipated that Joshua will fight his old amateur foe Dillian Whyte on December 12 for the Commonwealth and British titles.

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