Anthony Joshua stops Wladimir Klitschko to become unified champion in fight for the ages

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The biggest heavyweight title bout to take place since Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson in 2002.

Anthony Joshua stops Wladimir Klitschko to become unified champion in fight for the ages

The biggest heavyweight title bout to take place since Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson in 2002.

Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko was said by many to be the biggest fight in the heavyweight division since Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson in 2002.

The fight lived up to its billing.

In one of the greatest fights in heavyweight history, Joshua defeated Klitschko by 11th round TKO to retain the IBF heavyweight championship and gain the IBO and WBA Heavyweight championships in front of a raucous crowd of 90,000 people who were into the fight before it even began at Wembley Stadium in London.

Sporting News scored the bout 95-94 Klitschko heading into the 11th round.

It was a back-and-forth fight. It was an even fight in the first four rounds, but heading into the fifth, Joshua knocked down the former champion with a thunderous right hand. Joshua felt the fight was over but Klitschko showed the heart of a champion and came right back to wobble the Englishman.

Then in the sixth round, Klitschko fired right back with his patented left jab, straight right hand followed by a short left hook to drop Joshua. The champion got up to finish the round.

Then rounds seven through ten were back-and forth.

Klitschko came right at Joshua with a right hand in the 11th, but Joshua went through the shot. The end was near when Joshua landed a thunderous uppercut which Klitschko somehow absorbed.

Sensing Klitschko was on the ropes, Joshua connected with left and right hands to the body and then a left hook followed by a right hand and another left hook that sent Klitschko packing. Klitschko got up and then Joshua went for the kill getting Klitschko against the ropes with powerful left and right hooks. Joshua connected on a vicious uppercut and then dropped Klitschko to the mat for the second time in the round.

To Klitschko's credit, he picked himself up off the mat wanting more, but it was Joshua's time. Joshua poured it on Klitschko with left a number of combinations until the referee had seen enough and the fight was put to halt.

On the final judges' scorecards, two judges scored it for Joshua and one for Klitschko.

Klitschko's record is now 64-5 with 53 KO's. He was uncertain after the fight if it was going to be the last time we see him inside the ring.

Joshua runs his record to 19-0 with all of his wins by stoppage. He called out fellow Englishman and former champion Tyson Fury for a possible fight.

There was a two-fight contract signed between the two, so it is possible we see this fight again.

Joshua and Klitschko put on a show and the best heavyweight title fight in a very, very long time.

Who wouldn't mind seeing it again?

Round-by-round results below:

5:42: Round 10 to Joshua (10-9, 95-94). Joshua continued what he did in the ninth round, going to the body. Joshua landed a nice right hand. With about tens econds left in the round, Klitschko came back with a right hand to get some momentum going into the 11th round.

5:39: Round 9 to Joshua (10-9, 86-84). Joshua's best round in awhile. He's doing something he was doing at the beginning of the fight, go to the body. He kept going to the body which forced Klitschko to hold. Start at the body and go to the head. Needs to continue that.

5:34: Round 8 to Klitschko (10-9, 77-74). Klitschko did what I thought he needed to do to win the fight is continously popping the jab to keep the hard-hitting Joshua at bay. Near the end of the round, Joshua landed a flush left hook to send Klitschko back to possibly gain some momeuntum heading into the ninth round.

5:31: Round 7 to Klitschko (10-9, 67-65). The jab and the left hook was the name of the game for Klitschko during the round. Joshua did more talking than throwing. Needs to start throwing if he's goig to come abck and win the fight. Now we enter a territory Joshua has never experienced, the eighth round.

5:26: Round 6 to Klitschko (10-8, 57-56 Klitschko). After bouncing back at the end of the fifth round, Klitschko came out to begin the sixth round with his signature left jab and straight right hand which knocked down Joshua for the first time in his career. The knockdown gave Klitschko an extra boost of energy where Joshua seemed a little detered.

5:23: Round 5 to Joshua (10-9, 48-47). The best round of the fight. Joshua came out with energy, going right at Klitschko with a combination and continued to pour it on, knocking down Klitschko with a right hand. Joshua thought he had the fight won and Klitschko wouldn't get up but he did. Klitschko showed the heart of a champion, attacking Joshua with his patented left hook and had Joshua wobbled on more than occasion.

5:18: Round 4 to Klitschko (10-9, 38-38). Klitschko came out again the aggressor with the jab and straight right hand. Joshua came back in the latter half of the round with a couple left hooks but it wasn't enough to win the round. Joshua looks exhausted walking back to the corner.

5:14: Round 3 to Joshua (10-9, 29-28 Joshua). Klitschkpcame out the aggressor right away again with the right hand and left hook. Joshua was able to take control for the rest of the round, reversing course compared to the previous rounds. The Brit went more to the body to try and wear down the Ukrainian.

5:10: Round 2 to Klitschko (10-9, 19-19). The former champion came out firing with a straight right hand. Klitschko landed more jabs.. Joshua and Klitschko are keeping a good pace while looking for that key opening.

5:06: Round 1 to Joshua (10-9). Klitschko tried to come right out and the aggressor with the jab and control the ring. Joshua was able to regain control. It was a battle of the jab. Joshua landed the better power shots while Klitschko tried to gauge distance.

4:59: Here we go! It is time for Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko.

4:51: Joshua taking a different approach than Klitschko during his walk to the ring. Clapping hands of the fans and genuinely enjoying the moment. Not many athletes get the opportunity to be involved in something like this and treating the moment like it is your last as you never truly know if it is. Nothing is for certain.

4:47: Now the IBF heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua comes out to an unbelievable ovation. Watching this makes one wonder why the promoters in the United States don't put in the effort of the aesthics of the fight like they do in Europe. Gives the fight a bigger feel and importance.

4:40: Here come the fighters. Michael Buffer first introduces the former unified champion Wladimir Klitschko to thunderous boos. A cool, calm and composed Klitschko as he makes the long walk to the ring.

4:38: 90,000 people singing "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond in unison. Absolutely incredible.

4:35: A look at the crowd is breathtaking. 90,000 people is something unheard of. For those who think boxing is dead. Think again.

4:30: Showtime broadcast oshowed Joshua getting his hands wrapped with Klitschko watching. Very unusual with the sense in the trainer watches the opposing fighter get their hands wrapped. Interesting. Get a sense it's Klitschko trying to get into Joshua's head.

4:15: Today is the day as the biggest heavyweight title fight in 15 years as the IBF and the vacant WBA heavyweight titles are on the line as champion Anthony Joshua battles former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of a sold-out crowd of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium in London. Buckle up ladies and gentleman. Grab you drinks and the popcorn and enjoy our live coverage of Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko.

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing writer and contributor for Sporting News. You can find his podcast, "The Fight Club Chicago," and subscribe on iTunes . You can email him at and can find him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA .

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