Anthony Joshua victorious against Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua victorious against Wladimir Klitschko
Published: 2017 April 30 09:08:12 (1718 Views)
Anthony Joshua has retained his IBF world heavyweight title and won the vacant WBA and IBO belts by defeating Wladimir Klitschko in front of the biggest boxing audience in the UK for almost 80 years.

Joshua was knocked down in the sixth round by the 41-year-old former champion and for a while he looked on the brink of imminent defeat.

But he withstood all Klitschko's attempts to finish the fight off and rallied late to knock the challenger to the floor twice in the 11th round.



Klitschko, who held at least one version of the title for 15 years from 2000, took mandatory eight counts both times but was then backed into a corner and forced the referee to step in to protect him because he was unable to defend himself.

Klitschko had also been felled in the fifth but Joshua also came desperately close to defeat after suffering the first knockdown of his 19-fight professional career one round later.

Perhaps suffering momentary over-confidence, he was felled by a huge right hander in a bruising seesaw encounter that had both fighters scenting victory.

Eventually it was Joshua, 14 years the 41-year-old Ukrainian's junior, who emerged victorious to claim an epic contest in one of the greatest performances by a British fighter and one raucously celebrated by 90,000 fans. 



Source - Telegraph

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