Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Joshua wins world titles with 11th-round stoppage of Klitschko


Wladimir Klitschko acknowledged the best fighter won as he turned his attention to a rematch with Anthony Joshua after suffering a dramatic stoppage loss at a sold-out Wembley.

The cameraman had a little moment of celebration when Anthony Joshua stopped Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of their epic fight at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night. The Briton landed a brutal uppercut which gave him the platform to send Klitschko down with an immediate flurry.

The bell for the 11th saw Joshua rejuvenated, a lovely uppercut teeing up the first knockdown, then a left hook sending Klitschko down again - only for the Ukrainian to show enormous heart to drag himself off the canvas.

Three times did the 27-year-old knockout Klitschko, once in the fifth round and twice more in the crucial 11th.

Joshua is now unbeaten in 19 fights, with all his victories coming inside the distance. "Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer, but boxing is about character".

As for former world champion Frank Bruno, "the heavyweight division just got very exciting", noting that "the performance of both men tonight was incredible". I will play with you, you are a boxer's dream'.

With that being said however, in the later rounds it was Joshua who began to pick up momentum as he began to land more and more significant strikes before ultimately picking up a 11th round TKO. "I'm not flawless but I'm trying, and if you don't take part, you're going to fail".

"I want to give 90,000 people another chance to come back and watch some boxing here". His longest fight before the Klitschko KO win was against Dominic Breazeale and Dillian Whyte which lasted seven rounds.

"Anthony was better than I. It's really sad that I didn't make it tonight".

"We help out the village she came from and If I could do more on a large scale, I'll definitely come down there and associate myself more with Nigeria", Anthony Joshua added.

Fury, who has not fought since beating Klitschko, replied: "Let's dance". Klitschko had been knocked down three times against Samuel Peter in their September 2005 fight, but Klitschko won that fight by unanimous decision.

Fury had earlier tweeted to Joshua congratulating him on the victory and appearing to indicate he was keen on fighting his compatriot.

The rookie mistake allowed Klitschko to rally, almost taking the lead as the two 6-foot-6 men went to the 11th round - four rounds longer than any Joshua fight had ever gone.

The thrilling nature of Joshua's win - who adds the WBA title to his IBF version - is likely to propel him to household-name status in Britain.

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