Joshua knocks out Klitschko to unify heavyweight title

  • Joshua knocks out Klitschko to unify heavyweight title

Joshua knocks out Klitschko to unify heavyweight title

A third defense of his IBF world heavyweight title also earned Joshua the vacant WBA belt as he became the first British heavyweight since Lennox Lewis in 2002 to hold two versions of the world title. Joshua won with an.

After defeating Klitschko in front of 90,000 spectators and roars, Anthony Joshua requested the opportunity to fight against Tyson Fury next, who also beat Klitschko - on points in November 2015 - but has not fought since.

Anthony Joshua was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, and is one of Britain's best professional boxers.

No reason to leave early when being the heavyweight champion is so much fun.

"As I said I'm not ideal but I'm trying", said Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist who was fighting for only the 19th time as a pro. "But I just want to fight everyone - I'm really enjoying this right now".

After the fight, a gracious Joshua paid tribute to Klitschko for his part in the contest.

In fairness, it was hard not to be caught up in the moment, after what had been the best heavyweight fight in years. In the opening round, Joshua took the lead by outpointing Klitschko but the 41-year-old former heavyweight king from Ukraine took the second round with his own flurry of punches that found their mark.

In the process of claiming the biggest win of his career, Joshua showed awesome resilience, and this was, by far, his most impressive performance.

"Anthony was better today than I", Klitschko said.

"I tried to recover and then step it up in the later rounds, that was the plan".

"Klitschko stole rounds, very cleverly and Anthony played the game a bit", he said.

That could mean a potential bout with Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion.

"Of course we have a rematch in the contract".

As for a potential all-English bout with Fury, Joshua asked the crowd: "Is that what you want to see?"

"Come on, is that what you want to see?"

"I wasn't surprised that the fight ended in a knockout, I had predicted that it would surely happen but I didn't get the round correct".

The possibilities are tantalizing indeed, and so are the prospects for stardom for Joshua. He rediscovered his confidence when fighting beyond the seventh - another first - before impressively turning the fight again in the 11th with a huge right uppercut.