Anthony Joshua stops Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round at Wembley
- Author: Julie Sanders May 05, 2017,
May 05, 2017, 15:42
Anthony Joshua secured his first legacy win after a bruising 11 rounds with Wladimir Klitschko.
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.
Klitschko had looked on the verge of victory when he heavily dropped Joshua in the sixth round, after which he felt he could have done more to finish the younger fighter off.
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 huge heart to drag himself off the canvas.
The 27-year-old Joshua knocked Klitschko down again and was landing punches to his head on the ropes when referee David Fields moved in to stop the bout late in the 11th round.
Joshua, however, says he wants to fight Fury (25-0, 18 KOs).
"It's boxing. I'm only going to improve", Joshua told Sky Sports.
WBC champion Deontay Wilder was ringside on Saturday night and the American said he would relish a unification fight with Joshua.
"The best man won tonight and it's an awesome moment for boxing".
"I was planning to do it, it didn't work".
"If you don't take part, you're going to fail", Joshua said. I enjoy fighting. I love fighting.
As for a potential all-English bout with Fury, Joshua asked the crowd: "Is that what you want to see?"
Joshua had tipped the scales at 17 stone, 12 pounds 2 ounces (113.4 kilograms) -10 pounds more than Klitschko and his heaviest ever pre-fight weight - at Friday's weigh-in. You are a boxer's dream.
Fury had earlier tweeted to Joshua congratulating him on the victory and appearing to indicate he was keen on fighting his compatriot. He got up and fought back to win the titles.
"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".
During the fight, the new champ sent Klitschko to the canvas three times, but the heavyweight legend kept coming. "All the respect to Anthony - congratulations".