What a fight! Anthony Joshua went through those “deep waters,” and swam like Michael Phelps. Joshua dropped Klitschko three times, including two times in 11th, and stops Klitschko in 11 to retain his IBF heavyweight belt, and capture the WBA strap. 90,000 fans at London’s Wembley stadium saw a great fight. At this point, Joshua-Klitschko is the “Fight of the Year.”
Joshua(19-0, 19 KOs) was the aggressor early in the fight, as Klitschko(64-5, 54 KOs) really was not throwing much. Joshua dropped Klitschko in the 5th, but Klitschko came back in that same round, and had Joshua hurt late in the round. Klitschko would knock Joshua down in the 6th, and Joshua was in serious trouble, but he was able to survive. Klitschko started to take control of the fight in the 7th and 8th rounds. Joshua was more energized in the 9th and 10th, but both rounds were close. Then in the 11th, Joshua came out quick and dropped Klitschko twice in the round. Klitschko got up both times, but was badly hurt. Finally, with Klitschko in trouble against ropes, referee David Fields would stop the fight at 2:25 in the 11th round.
What’s next? Klitschko and Joshua signed a two-fight deal. Maybe we’ll see this fight again. However, Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder would be even better.
Joshua could be the new face of boxing. He is good-looking, strong, and has a lot of heart.
The sport of boxing won today, and the heavyweight division is on fire!!
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) April 29, 2017