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Summary

  1. Anthony Joshua wins the Commonwealth heavyweight title
  2. The fight lasts 97 seconds before Gary Cornish is stopped
  3. Both men were unbeaten, Joshua now moves to 14 wins from 14 fights
  4. GET INVOLVED: #bbcboxing

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

So another devastating night's work from Anthony Joshua. It only took him 97 seconds for him to win the Commonwealth heavyweight title and to move to 14 wins from 14 fights, all coming inside three rounds.

Thank you for joining us and we will leave it there. 

Don't forget to read our report of the fight and look out for our reports in the early hours as Britain's George Grovesis out in Las Vegas as he takes on WBC super-middleweight champion Badou Jack. Then Floyd Mayweather fights for maybe the last time in his career with the WBC and WBA welterweight titles on the line against Andre Berto.

Bye for now.

'I'm looking to crush Joshua'

Dillian Whyte, who holds an amateur win over Anthony Joshua, insists he is not scared of fighting Joshua again when the pair meet on 12 December.

"If I had faced the opponents he had then I would be 16-0 with 16 knockouts," says Whyte.

"Cornish was 21-0 but had not fought anyone in the top 200. Beating Joshua is a big stepping stone for me and one I'm looking to crush under my boot."

'Respect to Cornish'

Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn confirms that Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte for the British and Commonwealth titles at the O2 in London on 12 December.

"That's 100% signed and that will be a great fight," says Hearn.

"Respect to Gary Cornish. He is 21-0 and he didn't have to take this fight but he was willing to put his unbeaten record on the line, and Dillian is prepared to do the same."

Anthony Joshua
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'A perfect connection'

Some quotes from the winner Anthony Joshua.

He says: "Gary had a solid jab so I had to make sure I didn't take any of those shots. He was throwing a large jab and I tried to slip it.

"I managed to land the right hand and it was a perfect connection and he went down."

'Joshua is going to rule'

Former England striker Michael Owen is certainly impressed by what he has seen.

I said it when I first saw him years ago and I will say it again. Anthony Joshua is going to rule the Heavyweight... sportlobster.com/post/590065/i-…

Anthony Joshua
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Get involved #bbcboxing

Paul gibbons: I thought he'd at least make it to round 4, haven't even had a sip of my tea yet #bbcboxing

Andrew Priestley: Well, that didn't last long! Someone has to give Anthony Joshua a World title fight right now! He is unstoppable!

Fee dizzle: Anthony Joshua is an absolute beast!

JOSHUA WINS VIA FIRST ROUND STOPPAGE

Anthony Joshua wins the Commonwealth heavyweight title. A short overhand right sent Cornish down, and what a shot it was. The Scot showed his courage and got up, but another huge right sends Cornish down again. This time it is over. He got up again but the legs were unsteady and Cornish is stopped after only one minute and 37 seconds.

Anthony Joshua
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CORNISH DOWN

It only took 52 seconds for Joshua to show his power. Cornish is up, but, wait, he's down again.

And here we go. Get ready.

'The moment you've been waiting for'

Victor Loughlin is the referee tonight. "This is the moment you've all been waiting for," screams MC John McDonald.

As he announces Gary Cornish there are some boos from the home fans. But can the Inverness man rip up the script? A win today would catapult his career to a great level. 

Get involved #bbcboxing

Lheann Black :  bit presumptuous BBC "not much love for Cornish" loads where I'm from and loads there tonight! Come on Gary Cornish!!

Tracey MacLaren: Come on big Gary Cornish, bring it home #bbcboxing

Well, there wasn't much love in the first lot of Tweets! Am happy to redress the balance!

Cole backs Joshua

Former England striker Andy Cole is backing Anthony Joshua.

Going for Round 4 for @anthonyfjoshua 👊 #boxing

And now it's Joshua's turn

A huge cheer comes up from a packed out O2 Arena as Anthony Joshua appears ready to come into the ring. Not only is Gary Cornish fighting one of the brightest prospects in world boxing, but also a very passionate home crowd.

"London are you ready for me," asks Joshua as he appears on a huge screen.

He then countdowns from 13, the number of wins in his professional career. Each number is shown along with a different knockout. If that's not intimidating I don't know what is.

Anthony Joshua
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Here we go

Now it's time for the main event. MC John McDonald calls in Gary Cornish. The Scot is not too popular in London.

But what more does a Scottish fighter need to fire himself up than some quotes from Braveheart blaring out around the arena.

'I'm ready for Joshua'

Speaking of Dillian Whyte, he has been in action and done the business as he recorded a comfortable third-round stoppage win against 40-year-old American Brian Minto.

The fight only lasted 26 seconds of the third round after Minto had been knocked down in the closing stages of the first.

Whyte, who revealed he had injured his shoulder in sparring but would still be able to fight Joshua later in the year, said: "I will show up in December even if I've only got one arm and one leg. 

"Anthony Joshua will be in a good fight tonight but I'm ready for him. I want to give the fans what they want."

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'Whyte is irrelevant to me'

Things got a bit feisty on Thursday at the final news conference. But not between Anthony Joshua and Gary Cornish. They were perfectly civilised.

Instead, it was fellow heavyweight Dillian Whyte, who is scheduled to fight Joshua for the British title later this year, who was doing the talking.

He taunted Joshua at Thursday's final news conference and the pair had to be separated. 

"Gary's the fighter I'm worried about right now," said Joshua. "But all of a sudden I'm hearing this little chipmunk in the background. It was Dillian, talking again, saying I'm fake but he is irrelevant to me."

Get involved #bbcboxing

Alistair Heselton: I can see someone taking too many heavy punches and sitting down for more than 10secs. Anthony Joshua to win by K.O in the 3rd.

Scott Currie:Not heard anyone fancy big Gary Cornish yet... With more fights and (nearly) as many KOs... Cmon the underdog#bbcboxing

Jack Nixon:@BBCSporttoughest challenge 2 date 4@anthonyfjoshua. Going 5/6 rounds w/ TKO victory for AJ! Similarities to a youthful Lennox

Anthony Joshua
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And the new...

At the O2 in London we have just seen John Wayne Hibbert gain revenge over Dave Ryan with a 10th-round stoppage, landing the Commonwealth light-welterweight title in the process.

Essex boxer Hibbert was beaten by Derby’s Ryan in May and outboxed for most of Saturday’s fight. But Ryan appeared to pull a muscle in his back in the 10th round and Hibbert took full advantage, landing with a big right hand before the referee stepped in. Hibbert was also outpointed by Ryan in 2013.

That means Joshua v Cornish is coming up shortly.

Ryan and Hibbert
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Time to shine

Meanwhile, in Gary Cornish's dressing room.

. @garyhighlander focussed and confident he can cause a major upset tonight! #JoshuaCornish #HeavyDuty

. @garyhighlander focussed and confident he can cause a major upset tonight! #JoshuaCornish #HeavyDuty

From one big hitter to another..

So how do you prepare for the biggest fight of your career so far? How about a chat with former England batsman Kevin Pietersen?

Pietersen watched some of Joshua's preparations in his dressing room and posed for a few pictures. Joshua is not exactly looking nervous of his fight tonight.

Anthony Joshua
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'I can outbox Joshua'

So the fans don't give him any chance and his manager thinks the fight is too soon in his career. But it is all about taking your opportunities when you can. And Gary Cornish says he is going to do just that.

Gary Cornish
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'Joshua's hardest challenge'

So not many people are tipping the giant Scot to win this one. Cornish even had tosweet talk his manager Tommy Gilmourinto making the fight.

"If he had listened to me, I would like to have seen it happening in 2016," said Gilmour. 

"But he talked me into the fight as he said he wanted it because he wants to be the first to beat Anthony Joshua.

"It is certainly Joshua's hardest challenge to date."

Gary Cornish
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Get involved #bbcboxing

Here are some of your predictions for the fight. And it's fair to say there's not much love for Gary Cornish.

Agent RedJoshua to win in the third. #Boom

Muzamul Nawaz: I think Anthony Joshua is going to stop him in the third or fourth round.

Riston Long: Has to be Joshua before the fourth.

Arch O'Flynn: Joshua 3rd round ko #bbcBoxing

Send us your thoughts on this fight and what lies in store for both fighters in the future. Tweet us using #bbcboxing.

Head-to-head

So, as they say, someone's 0 has to go.

Both fighters are unbeaten and, at 6ft 7in, Cornish is the tallest opponent that Joshua, who is 6ft 6in, will have faced in his professional career.

Head to head
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'Humble as they come'

This was the intimidating figure of Anthony Joshua at yesterday's weigh-in. Will he be flexing his muscles at the end of the night, with the Commonwealth belt wrapped around his waist?

Weigh-In done! 17stone 11lbs - Let's light up the O2 tomorrow people! 💯 #HumbleAsTheyCome #StayHungry

Weigh-In done! 17stone 11lbs - Let's light up the O2 tomorrow people! 💯 #HumbleAsTheyCome #StayHungry

Hello

Hello and welcome to BBC Sport's live text commentary as Anthony Joshua, tipped as a future world champion, gets the chance to get his hands on the Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship.

But standing in his way is unbeaten Gary Cornish, who is confident of causing a huge shock and making a name for himself.

It is England v Scotland. It is going to be explosive.

Gary Cornish and Anthony Joshua
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The next big boxing star?

"He definitely has the potential to become a really big star in boxing."

When Wladimir Klitschko, a man who holds the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight world titles, says a fighter is "the most promising boxer he has seen in 25 years", you sit up and take notice.

Since Anthony Joshua won Olympic gold, he has long been tipped as a future world champion - and he has not disappointed so far.

Anthony Joshua
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He has destroyed all 13 professional opponents, with no-one taking him past three rounds. But can he continue that run tonight?  

Anthony Joshua
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