British boxer Anthony Joshua maintained his impressive knockout record after he knocked out his Ukranian opponent Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to claim the WBA crown.
Joshua added the WBA heavyweight title previously held by the 41-year old Klitschko to his IBF after producing what was the biggest fight of his career in front of a post World War record crowd of 90,000 at the Wembley Stadium.
Going into the match, Joshua had an impressive 18 knockouts from his previous 18 fights but he had to work very hard to maintain that 100% record. The British boxer had to recover from being knocked down for the first time in his career in the 6th round.
The British boxer had earlier done the same to Klitschko in the 5th round before he finallu put an end to the seesaw contest with a timely uppercut that Klitschko failed to recover from during the 11th round.
Speaking after he was declared winner, an elated Joshua said: ”What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game.”
“I’m not perfect but I’m trying, and if you don’t take part, you’re going to fail.
“As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout-out to Wladimir Klitschko.” he further said.