Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Joshua defeats Klitschko in epic heavyweight fight

British boxer Anthony Joshua maintained his impressive knockout record after he knocked out his Ukranian opponent Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to claim the WBA crown.

While many are talking about Anthony Joshua's massive win this weekend over Wladimir Klitschko, a lot of fight fans will also wonder if Joshua be facing Tyson Fury anytime soon. On the line is Joshua's IBF title, as well as the vacant WBA and IBO belts.

Rounds 5 and 6 featured some of the best heavyweight action since Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis - the latter two sitting ringside - ruled the division.

And he called out fellow Brit Fury, who also beat Klitschko in November 2015.

The bell for the 11th saw Joshua rejuvenated, a handsome uppercut teeing up the first knockdown, then a left hook sending Klitschko down again - only for the Ukrainian to show vast heart to drag himself off the canvas. Even a rematch with Klitschko would be a fun fight.

"Fury, where you at, baby?" he asked. "In this small little ring here, there's nowhere to hide".

Fury responded to the challenge on Twitter, writing: "Well done Anthony Joshua good fight, you had life and death with Klitschko and I played with the guy, let's dance".

Klitschko, 41, from Ukraine, was knocked down in the fifth round and twice in the 11th.

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Joshua and Klitschko traded huge punches before Joshua finally found a way to finish the longtime former champion.

In the sixth, Joshua's early confidence had evaporated and he was dropped by a right hand to the temple.

"I like fighting and we don't back down, we'll go for whatever and now we're at the forefront at the minute, we can't get too complacent and sit down and enjoy these times" Joshua said adding that "we have to get up and defend them again". "Just give it a go and you never know the outcome".

Klitschko got up from the second knockdown in the round but when Joshua started to pile on the pressure referee David Fields stepped in to stop it. The Associated Press had it 94-94 going into the final round.

Klitschko somehow managed to compose himself and came back strongly later in a wild round to nearly put Joshua down himself.

"It was a great fight from both sides", Bonte said. "Thank-you so much for your support to the sport and this fight".

Joshua's powerful right uppercuts featured in all three of the knockdowns but the fight was close at the time of the stoppage: one judge had it 95-93 to Klitschko, while the other two scored it 96-93, 95-93 for Joshua.

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