Joshua-Klitschko snapshot bears uncanny resemblance to iconic Muhammad Ali photo

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Joshua's eventual triumph over Klitschko looked a lot like one of the greatest moments in boxing history - Sean Dempsey/EPA/Bettmann Archive

Widely recognised already as one of the greatest heavyweight clashes of modern times, Joshua vs Klitschko bore resemblance to golden-age boxing in more ways than one.

Photographers captured the moment immediately following the final knockdown of Joshua's 11th-round stoppage of Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, in which the fighters can be seen striking eerily similar poses to those of Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in their own 1965 title fight.

That match-up saw Ali knock out Liston in the first minute of the first round, before standing over his prostrate opponent and shouting for him to get up and fight on. The scene became one of the most iconic sporting shots of all time.

Unlike Ali and Liston, however, Joshua and Klitschko haven't shared anywhere near the levels of enmity in the build-up or afterwards.

After their fight was ended by the referee, Joshua and Klitschko continued to show each other the same respect that had marked out this title contest from others more burdened by ugly trash-talk.

Credit: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters 

Whether Joshua can go on and emulate Ali in less happenstance ways is still very far from being determined but, as a 27-year-old fighter with a record of 19-0 and a 100-per-cent knockout rate, he can still realistically dream of becoming the greatest.

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