Anthony Joshua has knocked down ex-champ Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to retain his heavyweight crown in front of 90,000 at Wembley in London. It was Britain’s largest attendance for a boxing event since 1939.
The 41-year-old Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko was down on the canvas in round five before sending Britain’s Anthony Joshua to the mat for the first time in his career in round six.
Joshua, 27, fought back and dropped Klitschko twice with an uppercut and left hook combination before a flurry of punches in the corner gave the referee no choice but to stop the fight in the penultimate round and declare Joshua the undefeated WBA and IBF heavyweight world champion.
“What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game. As I said, I’m not perfect but I’m trying and if you don’t take part you’re going to fail,” said Joshua. “As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko.”
Britain’s Lennox Lewis, a former world heavyweight champion sitting ringside, tweeted that Klitschko should hold his head high.