Anthony Joshua, the Nigerian-British Boxer who has held the IBF heavyweight title since 2016 has emerged the winner of the 2017 Heavyweight held in Wembley Stadium in London which sold out 90,000 seats. Joshua won the TKO in 11th round after overcoming multiple crises. This is an epic feat for Joshua who wins IBO and WBA belts.
AP reports that at Round 5: Joshua knocks Klitschko down early with a combo and raises his hands in triumph.
But Klitschko comes back late in the round with a left hook and right uppercut that stuns Joshua. Klitschko is pummeling Joshua on the ropes as the round ends, but Joshua still wins round 10-8.
Total: Joshua 50-44
Joshua lands to the body early in the round, after Klitschko comes out swinging and mostly missing. Klitschko still seems afraid to throw his right hand, and Joshua does enough to win round. Joshua 10-9.
Total: Joshua 40-36
Round 3: Klitschko wants the fight to be a chess match while Joshua is trying to turn it into a real scrap. Joshua lands a flurry 45 seconds into the round and another with a minute left to take yet another round. Joshua 10-9.
Total: Joshua 30-27
Round 2: Klitschko using his jab to try and find the range, but doing little else. Joshua is not only younger but quicker and he lands a few punches but there is little action in the round. Joshua 10-9.
Total: Joshua 20-18
Round 1: Both fighters come out jabbing, but Anthony Joshua lands the better flurries. Mostly a get acquainted round. Joshua 10-9.
The British and Ukrainian national anthems out of the way, Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua are about to get it on.
Joshua kept Klitschko cooling in the ring while making a theatrical entrance, then waited longer for the anthems. Referee David Fields is about to bring the fighters together for final instructions.
Wladimir Klitschko was met with boos as he began his ring walk into Wembley Stadium to fight Anthony Joshua.
The British fans greeted Joshua with thunderous cheers.
Klitschko paced the ring while Joshua waved to fans, looking relaxed in a long white robe.
Klitschko is in his 29th heavyweight title fight, and Joshua figures to be his toughest test yet.
Vitali Klitschko, the former champion and mayor of Kiev, will be in his brother’s corner for the fight. Vitali’s wife, Natalya will sing the Ukrainian national anthem.
Some heavyweight royalty is at ringside for the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight title fight.
Former champions Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis are on hand for what may be a changing of the guard in the biggest heavyweight fight in a decade.
Also at ringside is WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who says he wants to fight the winner. A crowd of 90,000 is packed into Wembley Stadium for the bout.
British boxing fans are turning out in force to cheer on their countryman, Anthony Joshua, in his title defense against longtime former champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Some 90,000 are expected to fill the stadium Saturday night for what has been billed as the biggest heavyweight fight in more than a decade.
The fight matches two Olympic gold medalists (Klitschko 1996, Joshua 2012) who both stand 6-foot-6 and have impressive knockout records. Klitschko, who lost his title in his last fight, will be trying to become a three-time champion at the age of 41 against Joshua, who has fought only 18 times but has 18 knockouts..
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