Anthony Joshua knocks out Klitschko to win heavyweight title
- Author: Julie Sanders May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 7:01
Klitschko remained classy after the fight, lauding Joshua - who improved to 19-0 after surviving a sixth-round knockdown - and confirming a rematch clause.
It was anyone's fight when Joshua landed the uppercut that proved decisive, much to the delight of his countrymen who packed England's national stadium for the highly anticipated bout.
On the possibility of a rematch, Hearn explained: "If fans want to see a rematch then I would say there's a very good chance that be met".
Joshua was knocked to the canvas by 41-year-old Klitschko in the sixth round.
"I fought the better Wladimir Klitschko, not the complacent one, the guy who realised his mistakes and wanted to put it right", Joshua said. Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer but this sport is about character.
A third defence of his IBF world heavyweight title also earned Joshua the vacant WBA belt as he became the first British heavyweight since Lewis in 2002 to hold two versions of the world title.
Klitschko suffered his first stoppage defeat since 2004 when he was overwhelmed by Joshua's precision and power in a ferocious 11th-round assault.
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.
"Brilliant post fight interview from Klitschko".
The fight attracted a gate that had not been matched for a British show since Len Harvey fought Jock McAvoy for the British light-heavyweight title at another London venue, White City, in 1939.
It was a tale of two fights before the final round, with Joshua dominating early and knocking Klitschko down in the fifth.
Fury past year surrendered the world heavyweight titles he won by beating Klitschko in an effort to focus on his mental health problems. You will probably be surprised by my statement, but I don't feel like I lost.
"At the end of the day, I figured out what I had to do and got him done".
Joshua began the second confidently and repeatedly found Klitschko with his jab.
Klitschko was also asked about the video prediction he had recorded onto a memory stick and which he plans to auction, and he responded: "The prediction is right there".