Anthony Joshua top five PPV buys: Andy Ruiz Jr may have been his biggest payday but viewers poured in to watch him fight Wladimir Klitschko and Joseph Parker

It has been nearly a decade since Anthony Joshua saw gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games and his stardom has gone from strength to strength.

Since then, the Watford-born boxer has seen incredible success, becoming the two-time unified world heavyweight champion and that has gone hand in hand with his ability to draw a crowd.

Lewis was one of the first to congratulate Joshua
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The British star went pro and signed for Matchroom Sport in July 2013 with his first professional fight held at the O2 Arena just three months after.

That’s where he fought Emanuele Leo and won in the first round by TKO, and where it all started.

Everyone loves to watch AJ fight but which of his fights drew the biggest crowds on television? talkSPORT.com takes a look…

5. Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin, Sept 22 2018 (1.24m)

Joshua and Whyte are the only people ever to stop Povetkin
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The British heavyweight boxer defended his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles in front of a huge crowd at Wembley Stadium.

And over 1m also bought the PPV to watch AJ knock down Povetkin in style.

His TKO victory came in the seventh round after a beautiful combination was far too much for the Russian.

4. Anthony Joshua v Charles Martin, April 9 2016 (1.37m)

Anthony Joshua won his first world title against Charles Martin in 2016

So many fans wanted to watch AJ’s chance at a world title, and they were treated to a stunning second round knockout victory over Martin.

In doing so, Joshua captured the IBF heavyweight title in front of a sell-out O2 Arena.

And the Brit had plenty more watching at home, with a whopping 1.37m fans buying the PPV.

3. Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr 2, Dec 7 2019 (1.57m)

Joshua completely outboxed Ruiz Jr to regain his titles in their rematch
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Joshua comfortably won on points in his second fight with Ruiz Jr. to reclaim all his heavyweight titles and become a two-time champion.

His rematch saw him take home a tidy sum of an estimated £66m and that figure was boosted by a huge turnout of PPV buys.

Interestingly, his first bout against Ruiz Jr. only produced 652,000 PPV buys.

Not many predicted what would have happened in that fight, with the Mexican surprising the boxing world with an incredible upset.

More than double watched the rematch in anticipation of AJ exacting his revenge or even to see if Ruiz Jr. could replicate the first fight.

2. Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko, April 29 2017 (1.58m)

Joshua stopped Klitschko 18 months after Fury beat him on points
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The intrigue to this fight caused over 1.5m to watch Joshua deliver a brutal uppercut and stun Klitschko.

The Brit then knocked the Ukrainian down in the 11th round before the referee intervened to win by TKO in front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

The two were linked with a potential rematch that could have shattered PPV records but just three months later, Klitschko retired.

 1. Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker, March 31 2018 (1.96m)

Joshua and Parker trade blows back in March 2018
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The biggest of Joshua’s PPV buys came against Parker which treated all to a 12-round unanimous decision where he claimed the WBO title.

Parker put up a good fight but it was clear AJ was the winner in front of another huge crowd of 78,000 at the Principality Stadium.

It is said though, that when the fight against Tyson Fury finally occurs it is set to break PPV records with a whopping 3m predicted to buy it.

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are ready to do battle
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How to follow Joshua vs Usyk

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the heavyweight title bout this weekend on Saturday, September 25, with around 70,000 set to be in attendance…and plenty more watching at home.

The two fighters are expected to make their ring walks from 10pm.

talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog HERE and will also bring you regular updates on talkSPORT through the night.

Sky Sports Box Office will be airing the fight live on TV at a price of £24.95.

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