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19 fights, 19 wins, 19 knockouts. Will anyone take him the full distance?

A gruelling 11 round scrap between Anthony Joshua (27) and the future Hall of Famer, Wladimir Klitschko (41), in front of 90,000 in a sold out Wembley Stadium, and the millions watching at home, we cannot argue that this fight did not meet our expectations.

The respect shown by both fighters before the fight has shown that it really is not always about the bad blood and the talking, but rather to leave your actions for when the bell rings and when it matters.

11 rounds of twists and turns, big punches and even bigger punches. Hitting the canvas 4 times between the 2 fighters, anything was possible.

Not only did the world see Anthony Joshua being put to the test and having to answer the doubter’s questions, but we witnessed exactly what he is made of. The courage and determination is what led him to beat a Wladimir Klitschko who was showing no signs of being 41.

Coming in 10lbs lighter, the former heavyweight champion of the world, was winning the majority of the rounds, although being put on the floor in the 5th round by a spectacular left hand from Joshua.

The 6th round showed pure experience from Klitschko, putting AJ on the canvas with what appeared to be the signs of him retaining two titles he lost in 2015 to Tyson Fury.

With the following rounds, the pace slowed down, with Joshua weighing a career high of 17st 12lbs, it was inevitable that he would have to control the pace of the fight in the middle rounds in order to regain some energy, as a knock out was the only sign of a certain win.

A remarkable uppercut in the 11th round left Klitschko stunned and open to a number of powerful combinations from Joshua.

Leaving him floored twice following the uppercut, the referee had to end the fight after Joshua haunted Klitschko with credible punches on the ropes.

A historic win for the young fighter who now holds the IBF, IBO and WBA titles in just his 19th professional fight.

With names like Fury and Wilder floating around and with all that he has learned from this fight with Wladimir Klitschko, the future looks promising to say the least.

 

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