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Dana White: Boxing is no longer dying thanks to ‘exciting’ Anthony Joshua

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Boxing at Wembley Stadium Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Redemption?

The combat sports world is abuzz this fine Monday morning, but nobody is talking about mixed martial arts (MMA). That’s because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Bellator MMA took the weekend off, paving the way for the “sweet science” to show us what boxing has left to offer in 2017.

It did not disappoint.

Anthony Joshua stopped Wladimir Klitschko to unify the heavyweight titles last Saturday night (April 29, 2017) in front of 90,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium to improve his record to 19-0 with 19 knockouts.

Watch the dramatic finish here.

UFC President Dana White, a longtime pugilism fan who even tried (and failed) to get his own boxing reality show, believes Joshua has been able to resurrect the heavyweight division, which has struggled to remain relevant in recent years.

“Boxing had been DYING waiting for an exciting heavyweight champ,” White wrote on Instagram. “Now they have it in Anthony Joshua, CONGRATS champ.”

Maybe that will make him more open to this?

For much more on last weekend’s boxing extravaganza, including live play-by-play, recaps, reactions, and more, head over to our Joshua vs. Klitschko news archive right here.