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Joshua Drops Klitschko Twice in the 11th, Stops Him, Retains Heavyweight Titles at Wembley

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

London, UK (April 30th, 2017)– In the main event at Wembley in London, on Saturday, April 29, 2017, Anthony Joshua went to 19-0 with 19 knockouts, coming off the canvas in the fifth round to stop Wladimir Klitschko, and retain the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association Super World Heavyweight titles. Joshua also picked up the vacant International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight title. A crowd of 90,000 watched the bout live at Wembley, the largest crowd at Wembley in London, England, in 80 years.

Wladimir’s game plan was to take Joshua into deep waters, load up on the right hand, out pressure on Joshua, and cutoff the ring. After going down in the fifth round, Wladimir came back to hurt Joshua, and dropped Joshua with a solid right hand to the head in round six for an eight count. Wladimir needed to floor the gas pedal and finish Joshua in round 6, 7 or 8. He kept working in rounds 9, 10, and 11. One judge had Wladimir ahead going into round 11. There were jabs from both boxers, but few body shots. So it was.

Instead, it was not to be. Joshua dropped Wladimir twice in the eleventh round, before finishing him on the ropes, with referee David Fields putting an end to the contest. Joshua had a heart and a second win. Who will be next for Joshua? Apparently, Kubrat Pulev.

Klitschko waited 17 months after losing his titles to Tyson Fury to return to the ring. While Klitschko did not appear to be ring rusty, he still waited too long to come back. From Joe louis to James Jeffries, the legendary ex-champions, it seems, have always waited too long to comeback. Joshua was the underdog against Klitschko. Nonetheless, Klitschko became Joshua’s nineteenth consecutive opponent NOT to make it to the final bell.

Result: Anthony Joshua TKO 11 Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweights
Joshua retains IBF and WBA Super World Heavyweight titles
Joshua wins vacant IBO World Heavyweight title. Referee: David Fields
Scoring at time of stoppage: 96-93, 95-93 Joshua. 95-93 Wladimir Klitschko
Joshua was down in the sixth round. Klitschko was down in fifth, and twice in the eleventh.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.