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Anthony Joshua retains heavyweight title

May 25 2017, 08:48 | Van Peters

Anthony Joshua retains heavyweight title

ANTHONY JOSHUA: KLITSCHKO VICTORY DOESN'T TOP WINNING OLYMPIC GOLD

But Joshua hung on and came back strong before knocking Klitschko onto the floor twice in the 11th before the referee eventually stopped it with the older man on the ropes, literally and figuratively. "That's what life's about", said Joshua.

The British-Nigerian boxer emerged victorious from a keenly fought contest to retain his IBF world heavyweight title and add the vacant WBA heavyweight title with tonight's win.

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 fulfill the potential he has long had.

Following his victory over Matt Legg on the undercard of George Groves' rematch with Carl Froch, Hearn said "in two or three years' time" Joshua would be fighting in the main event at the national stadium.

Wilder and Fury would both be lucky to face Joshua and in truth, they would be lucky to come out of a bout with their chins intact. "It's too early. I feel actually pretty good, considering I lost, and I will take my time and I will let you know".

"Sugar Ray Leonard: all the skill, ability he had, said there are times when you have to show character and go to the trenches".

"I fought the better Wladimir Klitschko, not the complacent one, the guy who realized his mistakes and wanted to put it right", said Joshua, 27.

"One of the most exciting fights I've ever seen. Hope there's a rematch", tweeted the 69-year-old Austrian-born star.

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.

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.

However, the Ukrainian in his post-match comment noted that he needed to take some time to "figure out" what happened. Gotta respect it. Hold ur head high, brother!

Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch, working as an analyst for Sky Sports, said Joshua had ticked all the boxes he needed to fill about his ability. Those questions were answered handily.

Joshua used some of that money to buy his very first boxing club, Finchley ABC, some new equipment.

"It was nearly impossible what he did - but he did".

"He'd looked like he'd nearly run out of ideas and he was done and just somehow found something from within to come back and knock out Wladimir Klitschko".

"We've had a real treat this evening - it's been unbelievable".

"This division is so hot now and it would take it to the next step if we have only one champion".



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