Joshua defeats Klitschko by 11th round TKO

You can say that the 27-year-old Joshua has been a long-kept secret in the United Kingdom and the smashing win over Klitschko definitely merited attention from the rest of the boxing world.

Joshua, the young lion, took on the veteran Klitschko who was looking to regain the heavyweight crown he once held for nearly 11 years and defended 22 times.

Klitschko, who held at least one version of the title for 15 years from 2000, took mandatory eight counts both times but was then backed into a corner and forced the referee to step in to protect him because he was unable to defend himself.

Boxing is, after all, a bit like chess and the potential rewards not too dissimilar to that of the grandiose presidential suite the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world is occupying.

"The sky is the limit for him, and for boxing", Tyson, 50, said.

As a heavyweight, his profile has been enormous for years but after triumphing over future Hall of Famer Klitschko in one of the greatest heavyweight title fights in modern history, 'AJ' has gone stratospheric.

"It's good actually", said Joshua. The heavyweight that knows how to fight, like Joshua.

"There's no quitting in him [Joshua]".

"The best man won tonight, and it's an unbelievable moment for boxing", Klitschko said in a post-fight press conference.

"I hope [promoter] Eddie Hearn protects Joshua, because the first decent man he fights who's not 41 beats him".

Fury insists that April 18 has already been pencilled in as a speculative date for a fight between the two, although this claim is somewhat questionable given that that particular date falls on a Wednesday, with most bouts of this magnitude traditionally taking place on a Friday or Saturday.

"It is the only one the world wants to see and I am here, I am the lineal champion, I am still number one in the world and everybody knows that".

"Boxing gives kids - like me, like Joshua - an outlet". Once it is done, and if that is Anthony Joshua, the UAE could become a main hub for boxing. The new heavyweight champion is so exciting right now, and the sport is about to change. "In boxing we have one discipline but we use it in different ways but in MMA there's so many different disciplines, it opens up so many different ways to win".

"I could see him fighting in the Bird's Nest Stadium (Beijing) - and Africa".

  • David Armstrong