5 things we learned from Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko

Ruben Hill
May 14, 2017

■ The National debate: Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko - who comes out on top?

Anthony Joshua produced a dramatic late knockout victory over Wladimir Klitschko in an epic heavyweight world title fight at London's Wembley Stadium Saturday.

After a fairly even start, Klitschko upped the ante at the start of the fourth, connecting with a two-fisted attack early on, and although Joshua steadied himself, he ended up being outboxed for the first time in the bout.

The biggest heavyweight fight in British history was also the best.

It went all the way to round 11 and was one of the best and closest heavyweight boxing contests in recent memory.

The action was breathtaking with the Ukrainian surviving a knockdown in the fifth, coming back strongly in that round and then scoring his own knockdown in the sixth. They won nearly every fight they were involved in with such ease, and so little drama, that many of their match-ups were widely overlooked. However his defeat of Klitschko, which also earned him the WBA title, came after he had had to prove his heart by recovering from an exceptionally-heavy sixth-round knockdown.

Joshua, who stopped the Ukrainian in the 11th round at Wembley, immediately called out fellow Briton Fury, who beat Klitschko on points in November 2015.

"I showed tonight that fights are won in the gym".

Three-time Formula 1 champion, Lewis Hamilton, congratulated the two fighters but gave Joshua an edge.

Joshua raised the ante in the 11th, and a jolting uppercut left Klitschko wobbling before he was sent crashing to the canvas by further punches.

'To be exposed in front of 90,000 people with your lack of experience is brutal but to come through the other side is just one of the most remarkable performances I've ever seen'. I have a rematch clause in the contract, which I can execute at certain times, and right now will not be making any decisions.

"Let's just remember it was tough fight for Klitschko and it was a tough fight for Joshua".

"But I don't want to take the opportunity away from British boxing to be the epicentre of world boxing, which I think we now are". As I said, I'm not flawless but I'm trying and if you don't take part you're going to fail. Good fight. You had life and death with Klitschko and I played with the guy. I wouldn't mind fighting him again; if he wants a rematch no problem.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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