Nigeria born heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua on Saturday evening defeated veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight title fight epic in front of 90,000 people at Wembley, taking victory on an 11th round stoppage.
Joshua added the WBA title to his IBF belt but only after being knocked to the canvas by the 41-year-old Klitschko inthe sixth round.
The Ukrainian was also sent crashing to the floor in the fifth round and twice more in the pivotal 11th as the 27-year-old British fighter took his record to 19 wins in 19 fights.
“What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game. As I said, I’m not perfect but I’m trying and if you don’t take part you’re going to fail,” said Joshua.
“As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko.”
The best man won’
Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage
Any talk of Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury may have to be shelved for a bit, as Wladimir Klitschko he has a rematch clause to fight Joshua again.
However, the Ukrainian does add that he needs to take some time to “figure out” what happened. He is 41 and now lost his last two fights, albeit over a space of 16 months. Will we see him in a ring again?
Speaking to Sky Sports, he added:”The best man won tonight and it’s a massive event for boxing.
“Two gentleman fought each other. Anthony was better today. It’s really sad I didn’t make it tonight. I was planning to do it, it didn’t work. But all the respect to Anthony, congratulations.”
Joshua wants Fury
Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round
Anthony Joshua has just called out Tyson Fury, who also beat Klitschko – on points in November 2015 – but has not fought since.
“Tyson Fury, where you at baby?” asks Joshua.
“Come on, is that what you want to see? I enjoy fighting. I love fighting. Tyson Fury I know he has been talking a lot and wants to come back and compete.
“I want to give 90,000 people another chance to come back and watch some boxing here,” shouts out the three-belt champion.
I’m not perfect but I’m trying’
Anthony Joshua speaking to Sky Sports:
“What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game. As I said, I’m not perfect but I’m trying and if you don’t take part you’re going to fail.