Wembley Stadium in London, England, will today (Sat., April 29, 2017) play host to a genuine boxing blockbuster as English superstar Anthony Joshua takes on the great Wladimir Klitschko in one of the best Heavyweight match ups in recent memory.
Joshua (18-0, 18 KO) has established himself as must-watch television with a series of brutal knockouts and a physique that would make Captain America jealous. He takes a significant step up against Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO), who ruled the division with an iron fist for nearly a decade, but is coming off a deeply unimpressive loss to Tyson Fury in 2015. If you have access to Sky Box Office, you can watch the rest of the card, which includes Luke Campbell, Scott Quigg, and Katie Taylor. Otherwise, tune into Showtime this afternoon to check out the main event live or just follow along with our round-by-round coverage below.
Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko
Round one: Klitschko with a tight left hook to start the fight. Joshua reaches him with a left hook soon after. Clinch. Joshua falls short with a 2-3. One minute in. Joshua to the body. Both men jabbing, neither clearly controlling it thus far. Counter hook by Joshua. One minute to go. Joshua digs a right to the body. Counter left downstairs. Klitschko jabs into the clinch. 10-9 Joshua.
Round two: 1-2 lands clean for Klitschko. Joshua comes up short with a flurry. Sharp jab connects for Klitschko, doing better in the early going. One minute in. Joshua lands a right hand, putting together his punches. 1-2 comes up short. Jabs remain fairly even. One minute to go. Klitschko right hand sizzles past Joshua’s head. This is not fun to score. 10-9 Klitschko, 19-19.
Round three: Klitschko right hand just misses, as does Joshua’s. Joshua looking more active, does not land. Clinch. Double jab from Klitschko, uppercut and left hook come back. Joshua throwing fierce, gets clinched. One minute in. Lots of feinting. Klitschko jabs into the clinch. One minute to go. Long right hand just reaches Klitschko’s jaw. Klitschko’s moving quite well. Left hook goes long and they clinch. Joshua fires a 1-2. Clinch. Neither man landed anything significant, but 10-9, 29-28 Joshua on activity.
Round four: Klitschko opens the round with a pair of hard right hands and now it’s Joshua clinching. Joshua avoids a hook and clinches once again. He lands a long right hand in return. One minute in. Clinch. Joshua with a right to the body. Klitschko right goes high, Joshua right does not. One minute to go. Joshua tries to chip away in the clinch. Jab lands for him. 10-9 Klitschko, 38-38.
Round five: Joshua on the attack early and he may have hurt Klitschko. Klitschko trying to clinch and move. Joshoa’s pouring it in and Klitschko falls to his knees trying to clinch. That’s a knockdown. One minute in. Klistchko throwing back, blasts Joshua with a left hook. Both fire their right hands. Combination from the Ukrainian. BIG right hand and a left hook land for Klitschko. Left hook, uppercut, left hook. Joshua’s wobbling. One minute to go. Klitschko doing everything he can as Joshua clinches for his life. Joshua retreating to the ropes, clinching and covering up as the onslaught continues. I say Klitschko fought his way back to a 10-9. 10-9, 48-47 Joshua.
Round six: Both men light on their feet early on. Right hand from Klitschko, counter 2-1 from Joshua. Clinch by Joshua, pause to re-insert his mouthpiece. HUGE RIGHT HAND AND ANTHONY JOSHUA IS DOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER! He is not steady. Wladimir Klitschko on the attack and Joshua’s holding for his life. They’re both swinging huge. BIG left hook and Klitschko’s just stalking him. One minute to go. Joshua charges into the clinch and Klitschko just slings him into the ropes. 10-8, 57-56 Klitschko.
Round seven: Klitschko finds him early with the right hand. Jabbing Joshua back. Good left hooks by Klitschko. One minute in. Clinch. Joshua jawing at Klitschko, clinches when Wlad gets close. One minute to go. Klitschko staying patient, working behind his jab. Clinch. Joshua finally throws back with a three-piece. 10-9, 67-65 Klitschko.
Round eight: Joshua’s first time in the eighth round. Klitschko lands inside, clinch. 1-2 from Klitschko. Clinch. One minute in. 1-2 by Joshua. One minute to go. They trade right hands inside. Clinch. Joshua pursues before the bell. 10-9, 77-74 Klitschko.
Round nine: Joshua clinches and digs to the body inside. Left hook from Wlad, clinch. Jab, clinch. Right hand to the body fro Joshua, jab and right from Klistchko. One minute in. Joshua lands a left hook. 1-2 lands for him as Klitschko works his jab. Body shot. One minute to go. Good right from Joshua. Klitschko on the counter, eats body shots. Clinch. Bit of a comeback round for AJ. 10-9 Joshua, 86-84 Klitschko.
Round ten: Back to the jab from Klitschko. Joshua looking for punches, falling short. Joshua to the body, clinch, eats a jab. Clinch. One minute in. Jabs from Klitschko continue to pile up. Joshua with a right downstairs. Clinch. Clinch. One minute to go. More clinching. Joshua clinches too. Right hand exchange. Good right from Klitschko at the bell. 10-9, 96-93 Klitschko.
Round eleven: Joshua swinging with furious abandon in the opening seconds. Klitschko moving, trying to steer clear. Short left hand lands for Joshua in the clinch. One minute in. MONSTER UPPERCUT PUTS KLITSCHKO ON RUBBER LEGS! JOSHUA TEARING INTO HIM AND PUTS HIM DOWN HARD! Klitschko beats the count, looks unsteady. Joshua will not be denied and he puts Klitschko down once again! Klitschko trying to move, gets trapped in the corner and the ref steps in.
Final result: Joshua def. Klitschko by TKO