Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Anthony Joshua targets Tyson Fury fight at Wembley after defeating Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua targets Tyson Fury fight at Wembley after defeating Wladimir Klitschko

Joshua added the WBA "super" title to his IBF belt, after he beat Klitschko inside the distance in their world title fight. And the man who was pegged as the future of heavyweight boxing was able to dig deep and pull off the victory against a man who hadn't been stopped in 13 years.

"I showed tonight that fights are won in the gym". He had come through his stiffest test to date, while Klitschko had answered questions of his own, showing he remains competitive at world level, even at 41.

A crowd of 90,000 is packed into Wembley Stadium for the bout. It was also televised in 140 countries.

Anthony Joshua secured his first legacy win after a bruising 11 rounds with Wladimir Klitschko.

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A heartstopping few rounds followed for the 2012 Olympic champion as he appeared spent and unsteady, throwing little back to worry Klitschko.

He had blamed his unexpected defeat by Tyson Fury in November 2015 - his first for 11 years - on an "off-night", but eliminated that reason here.

So insipid was the Ukrainian's display against Fury, many assumed age had caught up with him and he was a spent force. As expected, Klitschko was using his boxing skills to keep the normally aggressive Joshua at bay.

Joshua seems game for that fight, and called out Fury in the ring.

Joshua shook Klitschko before sending him down with a volley of punches in a pulsating fifth round.

The British and Ukrainian national anthems out of the way, Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua are about to get it on.

But a desperate Klitschko, now with a cut over his left eye, came charging back and Joshua looked to be out on his feet when the bell sounded.

Fury responded on Twitter: "Well done Anthony Joshua, good fight, you had life and death with Klitschko and I played with the guy, let's dance".

Joshua was still feeling the effect of those punches when he was dropped by a right hand in the sixth round. His match will live long in the memory before Joshua delivered the clinical blows in the 11th.

Previous concerns about his durability proved unfounded as he also demonstrated exceptional heart and resilience to avoid defeat after swallowing that Klitschko right hand and to fight on into the 11th round, where a devastating uppercut set up victory.

I don't think any of the pundits around the world saw this historical fight playing out like this during pre-fight analysis.

"We help out the village she came from and If I could do more on a large scale, I'll definitely come down there and associate myself more with Nigeria", Anthony Joshua added.

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