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Joshua TKOs Klitschko in 11th round

Anthony Joshua may still have some question marks as champion, but even a 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko is a great win for him.

It’s still not so clear that the incredibly talented, but still raw Anthony Joshua is ready to be this great heavyweight champion, but on Saturday in Wembley Stadium is officially closed the book on the dominant era of Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th round knockout victory.

Klitschko, who saw his decade-long title reign end nearly two years ago with a unanimous decision loss to Tyson Fury, was sent to the canvas in the fifth round. Six rounds later, Joshua landed a wicked uppercut and followed with a flurry of punches to send him down again. Just moments later, a left hook floored Klitschko for the third time. When he got pinned up against the ropes soon after that, referee David Fields saw enough a waved for the end.

Klitschko still showed he was a world-class heavyweight in the fight and showed off his power in the sixth round when he became the first man to knock Joshua down, but he was unable to finish the job. Joshua survived, got back into his rhythm and was able to earn his 19th knockout victory in his 19th professional fight.

Joshua was in danger in the fight, and showed what everybody knew already and that he could be beaten by a top opponent. But, this was easily the biggest victory of the pride of Great Britain’s career.

Even at 41-years-old, Klitschko is a tough test, with an even tougher jaw, and harder punch. Even if he has lost a step, he’s as tough as they come and even more difficult to knockout. Joshua just has so much power and athletic ability that he was able to do it. He’s on the trend up. Klitschko, losing to probably the two worst titlists of his current era – Tyson Fury and now Joshua, might still get a bit money fight, but just cannot be viewed as a serious threat to any heavyweight champion or top contender anymore. His era is over.

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