Eddie Hearn eyeing global stardom for Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko served up a titanic heavyweight contest for the ages as the Briton climbed off the canvas to add the WBA title to his IBF belt at a sold-out Wembley.

Joshua, meanwhile, now boasts a ideal 19-0 record following his win over Klitschko, with all of the 27-year-old's victories coming inside the distance.

Joshua dropping the former unified world champion in the fifth round, before being put down - for the first time in his 19-fight career - in the sixth.

Aside from a harsh word for Klitschko, Fury called his potential fight with Joshua the "biggest fight in British boxing history".

"Tyson Fury, I know he has been talking a lot and wants to come back and compete".

Joshua retains his title and remains undefeated, stretching his record to 19-0 (all inside the distance). "As I said, I'm not ideal but I'm trying and if you don't take part you're going to fail", Joshua said ringside.

Wladimir Klitschko was as close as one punch away from beating Anthony Joshua in Saturday's world heavyweight title showdown, his manager has claimed.

Victory established Joshua as the world's leading heavyweight, adding the WBA belt to his IBF title, and after he recovered from a heavy sixth-round knockdown demonstrated his ability to fulfil the potential he has long had.

Klitschko suffered his first stoppage defeat since 2004 when he was overwhelmed by Joshua's precision and power in a ferocious 11th-round assault.

"It was really good, I had fun". The champion uncorked a sweet right uppercut to snap back Klitschko's head, followed by another right to send his opponent to the canvas.

British boxing had rarely seen a night like this, so thrilling indeed that even the "Terminator" himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was beside himself at ringside, tweeting that it was "one of the most exciting fights I have ever seen".

Watch the repeat showing of Joshua vs Klitschko at 4pm on Sunday. "I was planning to do it, but it didn't work".

As expected, Klitschko was using his boxing skills to keep the normally aggressive Joshua at bay.

After the fight, Klitschko wouldn't confirm that he would take a rematch - neither, for that matter, would promoter Eddie Hearn - but he was complimentary of his opponent.

"I thought he would not get up", Klitschko said.

"The best man won tonight and it's a massive event for boxing", Klitschko said.

Klitschko got up but was on unsteady legs and began swinging wildly.

  • Julie Sanders