Anthony Joshua produced the performance of his career to add the WBA Super Heavyweight title to his IBF belt as he beat Wladimir Klitschko by TKO in the 11th round at Wembley Stadium.
90,000 fans enjoyed an unbelievable display of everything boxing has to offer at this level with both men hitting the canvas. This blockbuster showdown more than lived up to the massive hype and will go down as one of the greatest sporting events of all time.
The contest gathered pace in a power-punching, pulsating fifth round. The crowd sensed blood and roared AJ on as he went on to knock Klitschko down with a flurry of punches but the Ukrainian managed to turn the round on its head by pinning Joshua to the ropes just before the bell.
Klitschko came out all guns blazing in the sixth round, as he became the first man to put Joshua to the floor in his 19-fight career with a demolishing and devastating overhand right. Both fighters looked in real danger of being stopped over those two rounds, which will live long in the memory of every boxing fanatic.
The pace dropped afterwards but any fear that AJ’s career-record weight was slowing him down were brushed aside in the 11th round as The Brit twice knocked Klitschko to the canvas. Joshua landed a brutal uppercut on Dr Steelhammer, which gave him the platform to send him down again with a ferocious flurry of punches. Wladimir managed to rise once again but not for long as the referee finally intervened and called an end to proceedings.
Joshua threw his arms in the air as deafening roars echoed around Wembley in what was his toughest test to date. AJ answered the questions so many had asked of him before the fight: Was he too inexperienced for Klitschko, one of the greatest heavyweights of all time? Would he be able to go deep into a fight for the first time? Would his chin hold up? Klitschko also answered questions by proving he is still competitive at the highest level, even at 41 years old.