Anthony Joshua beats Klitschko in Wembley thriller
- Author: Arturo Norris May 04, 2017,
May 04, 2017, 23:15
He had blamed his unexpected defeat by Tyson Fury in November 2015 - his first for 11 years - on an "off-night", but eliminated that reason here. I dig deep. It is what it is. Anthony was better today than I. It's really sad that I didn't make it tonight. But it was clear by the crowd's reaction as he came back to win that it was a lot more than that. "Two gentlemen fought each other". Klitschko somehow managed to compose himself and came back strongly later in a wild round to nearly put Joshua down himself.
"I thought he would not get up", said Klitschko.
"The best man won tonight and it's a massive event for boxing", Klitschko told Sky Sports.
Klitschko didn't fall down after the uppercut, but Joshua was all over the stunned former champ and dropped him with a left hook. "Sometimes you have to ride a few shots and take a few shots before pushing on for victory". I kept hearing the "obsession and the passion" to get victory. "One of the most exciting fights I've ever seen".
"As boxing states, 'You leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent, '" Joshua said.
"Klitschko stole rounds, very cleverly and Anthony played the game a bit", he said.
But with only 18 professional fights to his name, and having never gone past seven rounds, the notion he would have an easy time of it against Klitschko was always questionable. He got up and fought back to win the titles.
Fury has been inactive since his defeat of Klitschko having most recently struggled with depression, but has made plenty of noise on social media in the run up to the fight having returned to training in Marbella.
"He'd looked like he'd nearly run out of ideas and he was done and just somehow found something from within to come back and knock out Wladimir Klitschko".
"I didn't have an off-night".
"I have a rematch clause in the contract which I can execute". I wish I could've raised my hand.
The last heavyweight title fight with an age gap larger than this came when Klitschko (age 26) defeated former champion Ray Mercer (age 41) in 2002.
"There is a chance that Klitschko could turn around and say "you know what I gave it everything", and what a wonderful performance by the way".
"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".