On this day in 2017: Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley

Antoine Joshua heralded the start of a new era of heavyweight boxing on this day in 2017 by stopping Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds.

In his 19th professional match-up ahead of a post-war record British boxing crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium, Joshua made the third defense of his IBF title and also became the WBA champion.

He nearly recorded his first loss after being knocked down in the sixth round following a huge right hand from Klitschko.

Anthony Joshua celebrates the win over Wladimir Klitschko (Nick Potts/PA)

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But, after getting to his feet, Joshua delivered a brutal uppercut followed by a barrage of punches that sent Klitschko to the canvas a second time, before referee David Fields intervened, with the Ukrainian unable to to defend oneself.

When asked after the fight if the victory had surpassed Olympic gold in 2012, Joshua replied: “No. It’s like that: there is a winner and a loser.

“I am a champion outside the ring, first and foremost. The fights are fun. I don’t just box for the belt, for the money, and I just like that, the discipline.

“How am I feeling right now? Like I did before winning this fight. I’m happy, if anything, that it was a great fight, because there was a lot of hype, a lot of attention around the fight, and I’m glad it lived up to expectations.

Klitschko admitted after the fight that he was surprised Joshua was able to recover from the sixth-round hit.

He said, “I thought he wouldn’t get up, he managed to get up. Respect. From that moment, I felt he was out of gas and focus. He recovered through the towers.

“I could have done more to finish him off after he went down, but I was pretty sure ‘this is going to be my night’ so I took my time.”

Klitschko announced his retirement from boxing in August 2017, three months after the loss, marking the end of an era when he and his brother Vitali had dominated the heavyweight division.

On this day in 2017: Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley

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