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Joshua KOs Klitschko in an epic Wembley fight

Anthony Joshua climbed off the canvas to produce a dramatic late stoppage victory over Wladimir Klitschko in an epic heavyweight world title fight at Wembley.

The 27-year-old appeared to be on the brink of his first professional defeat when he was floored in the sixth round, but produced a dramatic late onslaught to halt Klitschko in the 11th round.

Joshua successfully defended his IBF title, while also claiming the WBA ‘super’ belt, but there could be calls for a rematch after a classic heavyweight unification clash in front of a record 90,000 crowd at the national stadium.

Klitschko had overcome a heavy knockdown in the fourth and the former unified champion defied questions about his advancing age until he was pounded to a halt by Joshua.

A fiery pyrotechnic show was part of Joshua’s ring walk, but he was unable to display his explosive power in a tentative first round as Klitschko kept him at bay with probing jabs.

Joshua knocked down Klitschko in the fifth round
Joshua knocked down Klitschko in the fifth round

Klitschko landed his straight right hand at the start of the second round, which was shrugged off by Joshua who answered with a crunching combination from close range in the third.

Seconds into the fourth round, Klitschko stunned Joshua was a booming right hand, forcing the British fighter to hold on grimly before he replied with a right of his own.

Joshua stormed out for the fifth and floored Klitschko with a brutal barrage of punches, but the 41-year-old was far from finished and uncorked a lightning left hook to leave the home favourite in desperate trouble.

With Joshua sagging worryingly on the ropes, Klitschko appeared on the brink of a stoppage victory, as he piled on more punches.

But the Ukrainian produced a stunning fightback to floor Joshua in the sixth
But the Ukrainian produced a stunning fightback to floor Joshua in the sixth

Klitschko continued to stalk Joshua in the sixth and detonated a searing right hand to dump him heavily on the canvas.

Into the seventh, Joshua started talking defiantly to his seasoned foe after eating a few more punches, but Klitschko was having the final word with his piston-like jab.

Joshua had been dragged into the longest fight of his career and tried to claw back control with two big right hands in the ninth, although he walked into a right from Klitschko in the 10th.

Joshua finally hurt Klitschko again in the 11th round
Joshua finally hurt Klitschko again in the 11th round

Sensing the need for urgency, Joshua exploded out of his corner in the 11th and an uppercut sent Klitschko crashing to the canvas.

Joshua ruthlessly finished off his dazed foe, flooring him again with more savage shots, and referee David Fields signalled the finish to spark scenes of relieved celebration.

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Anthony Joshua to Face Joseph Parker in March

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Anthony Joshua to Face Joseph Parker in March

Anthony Joshua to Face Joseph Parker in March

WBA and IBF champion of the world, Anthony Joshua has putten  his titles on the line in a quest to add another world title triumph to his legacy.

Joshua will box against WBO title holder Joseph Parker in a heavyweight unification clash in Cardiff on March 31.

After 20 straight victories, all by knockout, Joshua hopes to take another step towards becoming the undisputed world heavyweight champion.

According to AJ;

“I like to fight, that’s the main objective, and it’s showing I’m never shy of a competition,” said Joshua, who is a Sky Ambassador.

“He’s a respectable competitor, he is the WBO heavyweight champion of the world, so it’s like one step closer to adding a strap to my legacy. That’s what makes it exciting.”

Parker has however sworn to rip away Joshua’s two world titles by racking up his 25th straight victory. In his words;

“Anthony Joshua is in for a huge shock,” Parker said. “A couple of months ago I heard him say ‘why should I be worried about this little kid from New Zealand’?

“Well, now he’s about to find out. The world is about to find out whether AJ can really take a punch. My entire existence is now devoted to proving what the boxing world already knows.”

Anthony Joshua defeats Carlos Takam to retain WBA, IBF Titles

Joshua recorded a successful title defence, a 10th-round stoppage victory over Carlos Takam in front of a massive attendance at the Principality Stadium in October.

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Tyson Fury Cleared to Resume Boxing

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Tyson Fury tests positive for cocaine

Tyson Fury Cleared to Resume Boxing

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury who tested positive to a banned steroid in February 2015,  has been cleared to continue his boxing career after accepting a backdated two-year doping ban.

Despite accepting the backdated two year ban, Tyson Fury  whose last match was a victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 blamed the dope result on eating uncastrated wild boar.

The new development means that Tyson will be free to return to the ring as soon as he regains his boxing licence from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), whom have also accepted the outcome.

 

Following the decision, Fury wasted no time to call out the reigning IBF and WBA heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua, saying “where you at boy? I’m coming for you punk“.

Anthony Joshua successfully defended his world titles in October, while the other two world belts are held by American Deontay Wilder and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.

 

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Boxing Champ, Anthony Joshua Goes Training on Top of Burj Al Arab (See Photos)

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Boxing Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua seems to be working on his endurance and more as he was pictured on Wednesday morning working out on top of the luxurious hotel, Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Wearing adoring white shorts, boots, and gloves, Anthony Joshua also showed off his amazing body physique for the camera.

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