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Joshua KO’s Klitschko in Round 11

Well what can you say after such a dramatic fight?

This morning Anthony Joshua will wake up, that’s if he ever managed to get asleep, as the owner of the IBF, WBA and IBO world title belts after stopping Wladimir Klitschko in the eleventh round of an enthralling battle.

It’s fair to say that the 90,000 spectators inside Wembley Stadium and the millions watching the fight on TV, witnessed one of the greatest heavyweight fights of recent years.

Taking on the legend that is Wladimir Klitschko was the acid-test for Anthony Joshua, although Joshua was the pre-fight favourite there were doubts as to whether the fight had come too soon for the popular fighter from Watford.

The big question was whether Joshua would run out of gas and what would happen if he was caught with a big-punch from the Ukrainian.

Well, Joshua answered those questions in emphatic style.

After the ring walks and the introductions had taken place, the bell for the first round saw an enormous roar reverberate around Wembley.

The first few rounds were cagey, Joshua was looking for an opening to explode one of those huge punches on Klitschko’s chin whilst the Ukrainian was using all his experience, keeping Joshua at bay with that famous left jab whilst looking to tie Joshua up close when the younger fighter pushed forward.

In the fifth round the action burst into life when Joshua caught Klitsckho with a thunderous punch and the Ukrainian hit the canvas. Joshua tried to end the fight in emphatic style but Klitschko held on.

Many expected Joshua to finish the fight in the sixth, but in a dramatic turn of events, Joshua was caught by a bog punch and he too hit the canvas. Joshua looked on the verge of his first defeat but he dug in and survived the round.

The sixth looked to have taken too much out of Joshua and he looked ready to be stopped, but the Watford fighter hung on in there, avoiding the big punches and even offering a smile or two as Klitschko looked for the kill.

The following few rounds saw both boxers tiring, but as the end of the tenth approached there appeared to be evidence of fresh legs in Joshua. In between the tenth and eleventh rounds Joshua’s corner told their man to up the pace as the veteran Klitschko was tiring.

Joshua came out for the eleventh and suddenly the big-punching Brit looked a different man, a huge upper-cut saw Klitschko in trouble and a flurry of punches sent the fighter to the canvas. To his credit Klitsckho beat the count but Joshua knew he had his man and a left hook had the vetera down again.

Once more he managed to beat the count but, trapped on the ropes, a flurry of punches signalled the end when the referee, David Fields, stepped in to stop the fight.

Wembley erupted as one, Joshua had delivered Britain doesn’t just have a hero it has a superhero who could go on to rule the heavyweight division for years to come.

Bravo Anthony Joshua, we salute you.

The Journalist

Writer: Kid Glove Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 30 2017

Time: 8:33AM


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