VS
Early 2025
Potentially

in the United States

Potential contest @ Heavyweight
28-3-0
20-1-0

Final Eliminator For

WBA Super World Heavyweight Championship

The tape

34
Age
31
6' 6" / 198 cm
Height
6' 3" / 191 cm
81.9" / 208 cm
Reach
-
Orthodox (R)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

KO 2TKO 5KO 7UD 12SD 12
Form
TKO 4TKO 3MD 10KO 1UD 10
28
Wins
20
25
By KO
15
89
KO%
75
3
Losses
1
1
Stopped
1
0
Draws
0
2013
Debut
2014
162
Pro rounds
80

Current rankings @ Heavyweight

2
The Ring
-
2
WBA
1
1
WBC
7
1
WBO
11
3
IBF
14

Anthony Joshua vs Martin Bakole Ilunga preview


When is Joshua vs Bakole?

Anthony Joshua could fight Martin Bakole Ilunga in Early 2025 the United States.

The fight would be scheduled for 12 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which means there would be no weight limit.

The contest would be a final eliminator for the WBA heavyweight championship of the world.

Joshua vs Bakole stats

Anthony Joshua would step into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 3 losses, and 0 draws, 25 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Martin Bakole Ilunga would make his way to the ring with a record of 20 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knockout.

The stats suggest Joshua would have an advantage in power over Bakole, with a 89% knockout percentage compared to Bakole's 75%.

Anthony Joshua is the older man by 3 years, at 34 years old.

Joshua has a height advantage of 3 inches over Bakole.

Both Anthony Joshua and Martin Bakole Ilunga fight out of an orthodox stance.

Joshua is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2013, 5 months earlier than Bakole, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He has fought 82 more professional rounds, totaling 162 compared to Bakole's 80.

Anthony Joshua goes into the fight ranked number 2 by the WBA, 1 by the WBC, 1 by the WBO, 3 by the IBF, and 2 by The Ring at heavyweight.

Martin Bakole Ilunga is currently ranked number 1 by the WBA, 7 by the WBC, 11 by the WBO, and 14 by the IBF in the Heavyweight division.

Joshua vs Bakole form

Joshua has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight, he defeated Francis Ngannou on March 8, 2024, by knockout in the 2nd round at Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Prior to that, he had defeated Otto Wallin on December 23, 2023, by technical knockout in the 5th round at Kingdom Arena, Riyadh.

Going into that contest, he had beaten Robert Helenius on August 12, 2023, by knockout in the 7th round at O2 Arena, Greenwich, United Kingdom.

Before that, he had won against Jermaine Franklin on April 1, 2023, by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at o2 Arena, London.

He had been beaten by Oleksandr Usyk on August 20, 2022, by split decision in their IBF World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight, WBO World Heavyweight and The Ring Heavyweight championship fight at Jeddah Superdome, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Bakole has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he beat Carlos Takam on October 28, 2023, by technical knockout in the 4th round at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Prior to that, he had beaten Ihor Shevadzutskyi on April 22, 2023, by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Rzeszow, Poland.

Going into that contest, he had defeated Tony Yoka on May 14, 2022, by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Accord Hotels Arena, Paris, France.

Before that, he had won against Haruna Osumanu on September 18, 2021, by knockout in the 1st round at Sport Society, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

He had defeated Sergey Kuzmin on December 12, 2020, by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London, United Kingdom.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Anthony Joshua has been fighting more than Martin Bakole Ilunga.

Anthony Joshua last fought 10 months and 1 day ago, while Martin Bakole Ilunga's last outing was 1 year, 2 months and 12 days ago.

Joshua's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 4 months and 20 days, which means he has been fighting approximately every 5 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.6 rounds on average.

Bakole's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years and 28 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.6 rounds on average.

What are the odds on Joshua vs Bakole?

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