Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Anthony Joshua knocks out Klitschko to win heavyweight title

Anthony Joshua knocks out Klitschko to win heavyweight title

The fight between Anthony Joshua and his rival Wladimir Klitschko was a really exciting boxing show.

Young gun Anthony Joshua got up off the canvas to stop former champion Wladimir Klitschko Saturday in the 11th round of a heavyweight world title fight that is being hailed as an epic.

Klitschko recovered from tasting canvas in the fifth to send Joshua to a first career knockdown a round later, although the Ukrainian veteran could not capitalise and the Brit was able to recover ahead of his late onslaught.

The result saw Joshua bring his flawless fight record to 19-0.

"Once I obtain that belt and get rid of a manadatory then at the end of the year, or maybe the top of next year, I see a big unification fight".

Joshua revealed marathon sparring sessions in the build-up helped him prepare for this mammoth contest.

Parker's trainer believes that a match-up with outspoken British slugger Tony Bellew makes the most sense if the Kiwi can successfully defend his title against Romanian Razvan Cojanu in Auckland next weekend. 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.

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He may not be the fighter he was at his exceptional peak, and he will decline further as a outcome of such a bruising fight, but - beyond Joshua and Tyson Fury - it would be hard to argue against him beating any of the world's other leading heavyweights. I enjoy fighting. I love fighting.

"Yes, it took him three rounds to get over it but we have just learnt that when the going gets tough, Joshua gets going". Right now I will not announce anything.

"If you don't take part, you're going to fail", Joshua said.

"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".

He scrambled off his knees but it did not look as if he would see the eighth round, uncharted territory for the Briton who had won all his previous fights within seven.

WBC champion, Wilder watched the fight from the ringside and would like to face Joshua, in a bid to unify the division.

"The best man won tonight and it's a massive event for boxing", Klitschko told Sky Sports. As I'm thinking about the fight and it's still fresh, I'm actually taking down notes of little things of how I can improve.

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