dglobalnews.com Anthony Joshua retains heavyweight title
Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Anthony Joshua retains heavyweight title

Anthony Joshua retains heavyweight title

"Great fight! #bigupyourself", he said. "Both fighters gave their best. A lot of questions answered by @anthonyfjoshua #JoshuaKlitchsko".

Joshua - the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist who was born in England to Nigeria-born parents - had never been beyond seven rounds, Klitschko has fought 12 rounds nine times.

Joshua had tipped the scales at 17 stone, 12 pounds 2 ounces (113.4 kilograms) -10 pounds more than Klitschko and his heaviest ever pre-fight weight - at Friday's weigh-in.

The 27-year-old was knocked down in round six but twice had Klitschko on the canvas in the penultimate round before the referee stepped in.

"As I said I'm not flawless but I'm trying", said Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist who was fighting for only the 19th time as a pro.

"I'm not going to consider anything, I'm not going to make any statements, I will take my time and let you know", Klitschko said.

Fourteen years older than his opponent, he showed why he is one of boxing's most respected and enduring fighters but will go away with the refrain of "what if" ringing in his ears.

Wladimir Klitschko says he is interested in an immediate rematch with Anthony Joshua after suffering a dramatic 11th-round stoppage defeat at Wembley on Saturday.

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Ultimately, Joshua retained his already held IBF title, while winning the vacant WBA and IBO belts.

The best man won tonight and it's an awesome event for boxing.

American boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard described the encounter as an "an fantastic fight, with two great fighters", adding, "Lot of heart by both fighters". Anthony was better today.

"Tyson Fury where you at, baby", Joshua said.

The Ukrainian legend kept Joshua at bay with probing jabs in the first and stunned him with a stinging right hand in the fourth.

But the fight turned again later in the fifth when Joshua suddenly became static on the ropes after punching himself out.

At Wembley, Anthony landed a brutal uppercut which gave him the platform to send Klitschko down with an immediate flurry. Klitschko staged a fine comeback of his own after being put down in round five as a punch-drunk Joshua began to tire.

He was up at eight and immediately had to duck a big left from Klitschko before surviving the round.

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