Anthony Joshua’s sensational victory over Wladimir Klitschko will forever be etched in British boxing history books.
In front of 90,000 spectators at Wembley and millions of spectators around the world, AJ stepped off the mat to stop the two-time world champion in the eleventh round.
Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in 2017 to begin his rise to the top of the game.
However, the Brit is hoping for a much easier night in London against a Ukrainian when he defends his world heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.
The 2017 win over Wladimir Klitschko has been aptly described by ESPN as “the biggest heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis eliminated Mike Tyson.”
You have to do tough things so you don’t get goose bumps as you watch ‘AJ’ place a vicious uppercut on the Ukrainian giant’s chin before the dramatic finale.
But despite the drama of the fight, which was voted the Fight of the Year by Ring magazine, neither of them resorted to undercover tactics or disloyal speeches and the feeling of good sportsmanship was evident throughout. . Otherwise, it would have appeared.
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Joshua knocked down the Ukrainian giant in round 11 before the fight was over.
Speaking the day after the event, Joshua admitted to goading the veteran at the end of the 10th round.
He told his former sparring partner, “I’m going to yell *** at you next round,” before sending him crashing to the mat twice.
At the post-fight press conference, the new unified heavyweight world champion told the world that he was waiting for the perfect moment to strike and finish the fight.
He said: “My coaches said I had to win the next round (at the end of the 10th), but I told them I had just gotten that round out.
“I needed a break.”
AJ was heavily dropped in the sixth round, but recovered
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90,000 fans watched the dramatic world heavyweight title fight
Despite the generally reserved Joshua’s chatter, the class and decorum that was maintained during construction continued long after the fight was over.
Despite injuring the Briton in the sixth round after a penetrating right hand, Klitschko admitted he couldn’t do more to finish the fight.
“It was a good fight. I would have liked to be the winner of tonight’s competition,” Klitschko admitted.
“AJ did a good job. He was trying, he was focused and even when he went down he would get up and go back.
“Maybe he could have done more after they took him down.”
The former unified heavyweight champion introduces a completely different opponent from Usyk this weekend: a skilled southpaw famous for his fleet on foot and deceptive speed.
Although he has only fought twice as a heavyweight in his professional career, winning both, the 33-year-old from Kiev may well be Joshua’s toughest opponent, even more so than the brothers. Klitschko.
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