5 possible opponents for Anthony Joshua's next fight

5 possible opponents for Anthony Joshua's next fight

Anthony Joshua secured his first legacy win after a bruising 11 rounds with Wladimir Klitschko.

Ultimately, Joshua retained his already held IBF title, while winning the vacant WBA and IBO belts.

The judge's scorecards at the time of the stoppage were 96-93 Joshua (Don Trella), 95-93 Joshua (Nelson Vazquez) and 95-93 Klitschko (Steve Weisfeld).

It's the first time Joshua's fought beyond the seventh round.

The eleventh round knockout was all the more remarkable after Klitschko sent Joshua to the floor in the sixth and dominated the exchanges from there.

He said: "Tyson Fury, where you at baby?" "In this small little ring here, there's nowhere to hide".

The build up to the fight didn't turn into the war of words that a lot of fights seem to have slipped into in recent times as the pair made a decision to concentrate on what happened in the ring.

Fury responded on Twitter: "Well done Anthony Joshua, good fight, you had life and death with Klitschko and I played with the guy, let's dance".

It was a case of youth eventually triumphing over experience, but not without the old bull, 41-year-old Klitschko, giving the young bull, 27-year-old Joshua, a massive scare.

Joshua was still feeling the effect of those punches when he was dropped by a right hand in the sixth round. "As I said, I'm not ideal but I'm trying and if you don't take part you're going to fail", said Joshua who was put on the canvas for the first time in his career. Anyone can do this, anyone can do it, just give it a go.


Klitschko got up from the second knockdown in the round but when Joshua started to pile on the pressure referee David Fields stepped in to stop it. The Associated Press had it 94-94.

In the end it was Joshua who announced himself as the future of the division. Both fighters were really giving their best.

Joshua is now unbeaten in 19 fights, with all his victories coming inside the distance.

"I tried to recover and then step it up in the later rounds, that was the plan". It didn't work, but all the respect to Anthony.

Fury vacated the world heavyweight titles he won by beating Klitschko in an effort to focus on his mental health problems. Joshua said in the middle of the ring before addressing the 90,000 fans in the arena. But it was clear by the crowd's reaction as he came back to win that it was a lot more than that.

It was a battle of massive heavyweights, with both standing 6-foot-6.

Cameras picked up Joshua urging Klitschko on and talking to him in the clinch.

Klitschko (64-5, 54 KO) has lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his career.

Before last night, Tyson Fury was the last man to beat Klitschko.

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