Anthony Joshua extended his knockout streak to 19 last night at Wembley Stadium when he stopped Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round. The thrilling back and forth battle had four knockdowns. Klitschko hit the canvas in round 5 and returned the favor to Joshua in the following round. In round 11 Klitschko was floored twice before the referee, David Fields, stopped the fight.
Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19KOs), the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, and Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53KOs), the 1996 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, fought in front of a sold-out crowd that exceeded 90,000 people. Joshua retained his IBF heavyweight title and won the vacant WBA and IBO belts in front of his roaring home crowd.
“The best man won tonight, and it’s an amazing moment for boxing,” Klitschko said. “Anthony was better today than I. It’s really sad that I didn’t make it tonight. I was planning to do it. It didn’t work. But all the respect to Anthony.”
According to CompuBox punch statistics, Joshua landed 107 of 355 punches and Klitschko landed 94 of 256. Both men used their jab well to set up power shots
“As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent,” Joshua said. “A massive shout-out to Wladimir Klitschko for taking the fight. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t know if he wants to come back and fight me [again]. He’s a role model in the ring.”
After the fight Joshua called out Tyson Fury who is planning a comeback. Now that Joshua has his all of Fury’s titles, it’s only a matter of time before they step into the ring together in front of a sold-out Wembley crowd.