Joshua: I Fought The Better Klitschko, Not The One Fury Beat

Beth Cruz
May 3, 2017

Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in an epic 11th round knockout victory at Wembley on Saturday night, and afterwards called out Fury as his next opponent.

Wladimir Klitschko acknowledged the best fighter won as he turned his attention to a rematch with Anthony Joshua after suffering a dramatic stoppage loss at a sold-out Wembley.

After the fight, a gracious Joshua paid tribute to Klitschko for his part in the contest. He came out aggressively and dropped Klitschko early, landing a massive uppercut followed by a left hook.

Twice Klitschko returned to his feet after hitting the canvas in the 11th until, with him no longer able to defend himself from another hurtful Joshua barrage, American referee David Fields was forced to intervene.

With the victory, Joshua moved to 19-0, with all 19 wins coming before the final bell.

Tyson told Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson: "I am looking forward to this one". With that being said however, in the later rounds it was Joshua who began to pick up momentum as he began to land more and more significant strikes before ultimately picking up a 11th round TKO.

"I wasn't surprised that the fight ended in a knockout, I had predicted that it would surely happen but I didn't get the round correct".

"If Wladimir wants to fight, I will fight Wladimir once again", Joshua said. It's really sad I didn't make it tonight.

Klitschko, 41, enters the fight having lost to Tyson Fury in November 2015, while Joshua, 27, is making his third defense of his title.

American boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard described the encounter as an "an unbelievable fight, with two great fighters", adding, "Lot of heart by both fighters".

"I never duck a challenge, so if you want ever want to see me fight Tyson Fury, I'm not going anywhere. I was planning to do it, but it didn't work".

WBC champion Deontay Wilder was ringside on Saturday night and the American said he would relish a unification fight with Joshua.

Fourteen years older than his opponent, he showed why he is one of boxing's most respected and enduring fighters but will go away with the refrain of "what if" ringing in his ears. I wish I could've raised my hand. "He got up, he fought back and he won the titles".

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