Anthony Joshua TKOs Vladimir Klitschko in Heavyweight Unification Fight
By Lu Quezada
The excitement by the 90 thousand fans at Wembley Stadium was palpable as Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” the traditional song played before each fight, signaling that the fighters are about to enter the ring for the main event. Vladimir Klitschko walked out to The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Can’t Stop” with the look of determination and a calm confidence after a 17 month layoff from the ring. The 41 year old fighter said he was “obsessed” with beating the 27 year old Anthony Joshua. Next up was Anthony Joshua making his way to the ring. But first, there was a stop to a special stage with an “A” and a “J” that was exuding fire for the boxing star to stand in between as he was raised above with fireworks shooting up from behind. I have to say, the British put on quite a boxing show. Afterwards, AJ finally made his way to the ring as a song from Biggie Smalls played in the background. The bout hadn’t begun yet and I was already entertained as if I was watching an MJ or Madonna concert. Now onto the highlights of the fight.
Joshua had the reach advantage over Klitschko and used the jab well in rounds 1 and 2, although Klitschko also used the jab, I had Joshua landing just a bit more. In round 3, Joshua landed a few power punches and uppercuts on Klitschko that knocked him off balance. In round 5, Anthony Joshua came out aggressive
and took no mercy on Klitschko. Joshua landed hard with a good right, left hook and a few upper cuts that eventually put Klitschko to the mat. Klitschko was cut but survived the count only to get up and regain himself to land a left hook on an exhausted Anthony Joshua who barely survived the round himself. In round 6, Joshua was still regaining composure, even spitting out his mouthpiece and then Klitschko hit Joshua with a hard right hand that sent Joshua to the canvas for the first time in his career. Klitschko was giving everything he had and that round definitely went to him.
Round 7, was more even exchanges and Joshua was talking to Klitschko seemingly to invite Klitschko while working his defense. In Round 8, Joshua and Klitschko were both landing jabs and Klitschko took the round. In round 9, Joshua came back, hitting the body more, which started to tire Klitschko. In Round 10, Joshua came out strong and aggressive, landing many body shots. In Round 11, and what became the final round, Joshua came out aggressive once again, but it proved effective because he came out landing a right hand on Klitschko. This hurt Klitschko and then Joshua landed a left hook and strong right uppercut and Klitschko went to the canvas for a second time in this fight. Joshua then went for another assault and Klitschko went down yet again. Finally, Joshua went in for the finish with a hard right, body shot, a left and then the referee stopped the fight. It was truly one of the most exciting heavyweight bouts I have seen in recent times. Anthony Joshua is now the unified IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight champion.