British boxing star Anthony Joshua knocks out Wladimir Klitschko, wins heavyweight titles

May 01, 2017, 14:04

From that point forward, Joshua remained in control and closed the show in championship style.

Joshua held out, however, and eventually found the power and energy to see off the 41-year-old in a devastating onslaught in the penultimate round.

Joshua grew up for some of his early years in Ijebu-Ode Nigeria and returned to the United Kingdom halfway through Year Seven to join Kings Langley Secondary School.

This fight lived up to its billing.

Going into the bout with the veteran Ukranian and former heavyweight champion, Joshua faced the greatest challenge of his career.

The fight marked the first time in Klitschko's career that he had suffered back to back defeats.

Joshua barely managed to finish the round, and was still wobbly in the seventh. After the knockdown Klitschko took the next two rounds to move up in the scorecards.

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"I did say in the build-up that when he gets caught by hard, clean shot, it could be a problem, but he answered that by being put on the floor".

"I took a round off to get my breath back and then I said: "You're in a bad place", Joshua recalled.

Just five years removed from winning an Olympic gold medal in London, Joshua stopped a fighter who dominated the heavyweight division for almost a decade. "If you don't take part, you fail".

But Klitschko recovered, rallied and sent Joshua crashing to the canvas in the sixth in what was the Briton's first-ever knockdown in professional boxing. Though the win came with some anxious moments for the hometown fans, it also established Joshua as a superstar in the making who just might be the fighter who can make boxing must-see TV once again. You are a boxer's dream.

Klitschko said, "London, I hope you enjoyed the fight".

"The best man won tonight and it's a massive event for boxing", Klitschko told Sky Sports. It's really sad that I didn't make it tonight. "I was planning to do it but it didn't work", Klitschko said. I have a rematch clause which I can execute at certain times, and right now will not be making any decisions.

Whatever you're opinion of Fury might be is, there is no denying that his comeback to the sport will add more interest given the rivalry already forming with Joshua.

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