Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of their world title fight in London on Saturday night to add the WBA World Heavyweight Championship title to his IBF crown.
The young Brit triumphed just one round before the end of an enthralling fight in front of 90,000 people at Wembley that left both men on the canvas at some point before youth eventually got the better of experience.
The fight got off to a cautious start, with both men finding their range in the first round before Joshua started to move forward behind his jab in the second.
Joshua continued with the pressure in the third round, working Klitschko with his jab and short left.
Klitschko punched his way back into things in the next, landing a couple of big right early in the fourth that appeared to stun Joshua, although the younger fighter was able to recover before a flurry from Joshua brought the Ukrainian to his knees. He recovered well to have Joshua on the ropes as the round ended.
The tables turned in the sixth as Klitschko sent Joshua to the canvas with a stunning right hand but somehow the Brit managed to survive.
The fight enjoyed a lull over the next couple of rounds as both fighters seemingly tried to conserve energy, but Klitchsko’s jab continued to land as the fight became scrappy as it approached the 10th round.
After a close round, Joshua went all out in the next, tagging Klitschko with an uppercut early before sending him crashing to the canvas.
Klitschko got up fast and was allowed to recover but Joshua downed him for a second time as the veteran Ukrainian began to looked punch drunk. After a second count Joshua moved in for the kill and landed another flurry of punches before the referee jumped in to stop the fight.
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After the fight, a magnanimous Joshua praised his opponent, “As I said, I’m not perfect but I’m trying. You leave your ego at the door and respect your opponent. Wladimir is a role model in and out of the ring.”
Klitschko, meanwhile, congratulated his opponent, “The best man won tonight. It was an amazing event who fought each other. Anthony was better today than I, it’s really sad that I didn’t make it tonight. I was planning to do it but it didn’t work.
All the respect to Anthony.I enjoyed the night. I wish I could’ve raised my hand. He got up and fought back to win the titles.”