Britain's Anthony Joshua on Saturday defeated veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight title fight epic in front of 90,000 people at Wembley, taking victory on an 11th round stoppage.
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO refused to retire in the immediate aftermath of his punishing 11-round loss to Anthony Joshua, and will make a decision on his future in the coming weeks.
Joshua landed the better shots in round one.
Klitschko was unable to finish off his opponent in the seventh, which turned out to be more sedate than the previous two, and by the eighth, Joshua appeared to have recovered. Good fight, You had life and death with Klitschko and I played with the guy.
Whatever you're opinion of Fury might be is, there is no denying that his comeback to the sport will add more interest given the rivalry already forming with Joshua.
The bout nearly went the 12-round distance and included some pivotal knockdowns affecting both fighters.
According to (via ESPN), Joshua was leading by a slim margin on the scorecards before the stoppage - 96-93 and 95-93 on two scorecards, with Klitschko ahead 95-93 on the third scorecard. The Associated Press had it 94-94 going into the final round.
"It was certainly one of the best heavyweight fights of the last 10-15 years".
Joshua would go down the next round, as the huge crowd quieted and feared the worst. "As I said, I'm not flawless but I'm trying", Joshua told the cheering crowd from the ring. When you go to the trenches, that's when you find out who you really are.
Joshua has continued his impressive KO streak as he has won all of his fights by KO.
"You can hear I'm a little bit emotional because I know I've got doubters that think I can't do this and that, but I dig deep", Joshua said.
The Ukrainian continued in the sixth, setting up his opponent with the jab before a huge right cross sent Joshua down.
But Klitschko showed there is still plenty of fight left in him. I was planning to do it. "It didn't work. But all the respect to Anthony". His match will live long in the memory before Joshua delivered the clinical blows in the 11th. Joshua, 27, said while still in the ring.
"But I must obtain that belt first so I can bring it to the table for a unification fight".
That would set up a unification fight with Joshua, and there's no doubt they would sell-out Wembley Stadium.