Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko: The young lion took over the pride

By Xavier Porter,

April 29, 2017

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Wembley Arena) – “I dug deep; if you don’t do that then you’ll never know what can happen.” – Anthony Joshua

Tonight’s heavyweight championship fight between current undefeated and Olympics gold medalist IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) vs Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs/former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight), gave fight fans a major jolt in the sport of boxing. Two skilled, talented, heavyweight champions, who used their size and technique, made for a great heavyweight championship fight, that many believe will lead to more championship matchups like this.

Joshua looked timid in the first round against his former sparring partner. He quickly rose to the occasion and took the fight to Klitschko, landing jabs, punches to the body, and coming back over the top with right hands.

Both men scored knockdowns early in the fight, with Joshua appearing to regather himself during the latter stages of the bout. Klitschko, one of the best heavyweight boxing champions in the history of the sport, continually used his jab, straight right hand, but often missed with left hooks that had him off balanced during the remainder of the fight.Joshua, with supreme confidence, gained control of the fight between rounds nine and ten.

As the eleven round began, Joshua sprang into action and knocked down the former champion with a series of punches. Joshua landed a powerful right uppercut which drove Klitschko to the ropes. Joshua continued his attack, knocking down the former champion who made a strong effort to get to his feet and fight on. Like a lion seeking his prey Joshua continued with barrage of punches, knocking down Klitschko once more in the eleven round. Joshua, on the attack, made sure to finish the fight by throwing non-stop punches as the former champion was pinned in the corner, causing the referee to call a halt to the bout.

In dramatic fashion, in front of a packed crowd of 90,000 + at the Wembley Arena, the young champion defeated one of the best heavyweight champions in boxing’s history. Klitschko held the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles longer than any other fighter in history, and he is the second longest-reigning heavyweight champion of all-time.

Wladimir Klitschko

“Both of us gave it our best tonight. The better man won tonight. Two gentlemen men fought tonight and it was an amazing event for boxing. All the respect to Joshua and to the fans tonight.”

Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs), now the WBA, IBO, and IBF heavyweight champion, has his sights set on taking on the former undisputed heavyweight champion (Tyson Fury). Joshua’s reign as the best heavyweight champion in the world will need to be solidified as there are many other champions and former champions that can give him a great fight, such as the former champion Klitschko did.