Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko

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Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko
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Date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Location: 
London, England
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
Heavyweight
Titles at Stake: 
WBA/IBF Heavyweight Championship
Referee: 
David Fields

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In front of 90,000 excited fans, one of the most popular athletes of his decade, Olympic gold medalist, Anthony Joshua, puts his WBA and IBF heavyweight world title belts on the line. Joshua (known as 'AJ') at only 18-0, takes on former world champion, former super champion, a fighter who dominated the division for 11 years, Ukrainian veteran, Wladimir Klitschko, at Wembley Arena.

Klitschko (41) is leaps and bounds above Joshua in experience, Joshua (27) has age, time on his side, as well as the home advantage, also, in 2016, Klitschko was inactive, coming off a shock defeat which he suffered late in 2015, whilst Joshua, averaging a fight every 4 months in 2016, he has had 4 fights since Klitschko was defeated 17 months ago, in which time, Klitschko, has had none. Is this too soon for Joshua? Is it too late for Klitschko? Tyson Fury and gym mates insist Joshua won't last 7 rounds, whilst Tony Bellew (cruiserweight world champion, heavyweight contender) says Joshua may stop Klitschko in 2 rounds, but doubts Joshua will win the fight if it goes 4 rounds.

The atmosphere is electric, as the home fighter makes his ring entrance, Klitschko, truly in the lion's den, in territory he has not been in for many years, the underdog, the B-side, and fighting the most, though humble, popular, confident, intimidating of opponents. The support for Anthony Joshua, around Great Britain, and around the world, is incredible, HBO, and Showtime, both broadcasting the fight.

The fight begins very tentatively, Klitschko, seemingly more methodical, looking for openings, Joshua, seemingly more relaxed, seemingly trying to bully his older opponent. Joshua is the aggressor, and steals the opening round, almost a nothing round, though still, fans in attendance, and behind television screens, taking in, savouring every second.

Klitschko has his first success in round 2, when he lands a couple of heavy, accurate counter right hands to start the session, potentially sealing the round, though it is Joshua who throws all the things for the next 2-3 minutes.

Joshua looks quicker to the punch, more comfortable than Klitschko early in the fight, but Klitschko's skill, experience starts to play a part in the fight in round 4, as the Ukrainian begins to catch a less accurate Joshua on the counter more frequently, establishing his ability to outbox his younger opponent.

The fight is already generating millions of cheers all over the world, is fascinating, entertaining to watch, but Joshua, knowing he needs to take a risk, takes it to another level, as he chargee forward at Klitschko, bloodying, and much more importantly flooring him. Just as Joshua was beginning to dominate, he seems to tire, having put so much into his latest offensive burst, and Klitschko, not only looking like he has recovered, but not struggling to find the target of Joshua. For the last half of round 5, Klitschko batters a weary, unsteady Joshua, picking his punches very well, seeming to knock something out of Joshua. A viewer's scorecard doesn't tell the sotroy of the fight, as Klitschko, behind, but dominating. Klitschko resumes the onslaught in round 6, and with method, excellent timing, spite, he draws Joshua onto a deadly right hand, sending him crashing like a ton of bricks. Somehow, Joshua bites down on his gumshield, and rises up to his feet, exhausted, but determined, whilst Klitschko, unable to finish his opponent, but still well in control of the fight.

Klitschko has taken over the fight, he is moving well, moving at the right times, he is making this about experience, Joshua is made to look pedestrian, and he isn't managing to overpower Klitschko at this stage, fatigued, he is becoming an easy target for Klitschko, his work rate has dropped, and Klitschko is boxing very well, landing hurtful punches, though Joshua, on his feet, and the 41 year old Klitschko, working hard.

Klitschko's feet are slowing down, and Joshua isn't struggling so much to find the range to let some of his own shots go, he seems to be less fatigued than a couple of rounds ago, benefitting from his youth. Though Joshua is getting back into the fight, he is far from out of the woods in rounds 9 and 10, as a still mobile, tactically controlled Klitschko is still able outbox him at times, use his skill, experience, only Joshua is the aggressor, throwing more, pressing the issue, and outworking Klitschko for the duration of the rounds.

Klitschko looks to be on the defensive, though he is still able to land clean, it is the younger fighter who is coming on strong. Joshua lands a monstrous right uppercut near the middle of round 11, jarring up Klitschko's head, determined, but in serious trouble, Klitschko collapses without needing to be hit again, the referee counts, Klitschko beats it, but it doesn't look much better for Klitschko, as seconds later, Joshua destroys him with a devastating combination, heavily dropping Klitschko, who looks out before he hits the floor. The referee let's Klitschko continue as he gets up again, but seconds later, wisely, he decides he has seen enough, and the fight is over.

Anthony Joshua achieves a career defining victory, overcoming being nailed to the canvas by a crushing shot, being on the verge of defeat, digging deep, weathering the storm, and keeping hold of his belts with a fantastic, destructive win against a boxing legend.




Fan Cards: Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko


scorecard by ITESTR
Round
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Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
9
8
9
10
10
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94
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
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94


scorecard by KAISERKOBA
Round
1
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12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
9
10
8
9
9
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93
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
9
9
10
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96


scorecard by ADAMJO260
Round
1
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ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
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10
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9
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94
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
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96


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
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ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
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94
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
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94


scorecard by JDTOMP29
Round
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Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
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8
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94
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
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94


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
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Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
9
10
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9
9
10
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94
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
9
9
10
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94


scorecard by BOXNATIONSCORES12
Round
1
2
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Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
9
9
10
8
9
9
10
10
93
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
10
10
8
10
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95


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
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ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
9
10
8
9
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95
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
10
8
10
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9
95


scorecard by RUET
Round
1
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Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
9
10
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9
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93
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
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96


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
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ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
9
10
8
9
9
9
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93
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
9
9
10
8
10
10
10
10
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95


scorecard by BLOODMONEY80
Round
1
2
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12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
8
9
9
10
10
96
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
9
9
9
8
10
10
10
10
9
93


scorecard by F.SALAS98
Round
1
2
3
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5
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12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
9
10
10
9
10
8
9
10
10
10
95
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
9
94


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
8
9
9
10
10
96
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
9
9
9
8
10
10
10
9
9
92


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
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11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
9
10
8
9
9
10
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93
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
96


scorecard by LEWGR10
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
9
10
8
9
9
10
9
94
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
9
9
10
8
10
10
10
9
10
94


scorecard by CHRISBOXER14
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
10
8
9
9
10
10
95
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
10
8
10
10
10
9
10
95


scorecard by ALBERTOCASTANY
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
8
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10
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12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
9
10
8
9
9
10
9
93
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
10
8
10
10
10
9
10
95


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
9
10
8
9
9
10
9
93
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
10
8
10
10
10
9
10
95


scorecard by SAM11333
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
10
10
8
9
9
10
9
94
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
9
8
10
10
10
9
10
94


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
10
10
8
9
9
10
10
96
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
93


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
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5
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12
Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
10
10
9
10
8
9
9
10
9
94
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
9
9
10
8
10
10
10
9
10
94


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
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Total
ANTHONY JOSHUA
10
9
10
9
10
8
9
9
10
9
93
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
96


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

I lost my analysis.

I think Anthony Joshua will win this fight, with a late stoppage, with the scorecrads being very close at the time of the finish.

EndOfMe1994's picture
Champion97's picture

When I first saw my notification of your message, I thought you were talking about my prediction, I thougnt you were sarcastically saying 'Interesting analysis' about my lack of an analysis.

albertocastany's picture

BRILLIANT FIGHT! Might not be the best fight of the year, but surely a contender for the most dramatic. Fight felt like it was starting to tilt in favor of Wlad by the end, and then Joshua made sure it wouldn't happen
I'm a bit disappointed at how Klitschko understimated Joshua. At the start of some rounds, Klitschko kept throwing a feeble jab followed by a hard right. It was effective, but it was no surprise Joshua would catch on it. Then we start Round 11....Klitschko goes for it, and gets countered by Joshua's own right....at it was the beginning of Klitschko's crumbling down.

Champion97's picture

This was a truly fantastic fight! What an event for boxing!, not just in the UK, but all over the world, 90,000 in attendance at Wembley, multi network, very, very interesting match up, 2014, Joshua gets systematically beaten and stopped in 6 rounds or less by Klitschko, 2020, Joshua steamrolls Klitschko, what about 2017?, too late for Klitschko?, too early for Joshua?

I think at 27, 18-0, as an Olympic gold medalist, as a fighter with questions, pressure, publicity surrounding him, probably the most talked about fighter in boxing, this is exactly what Anthony Joshua needed, a fight which he wins, but a fight in which he has to be on the receiving end, shows that grit, that heart, that courage, comes back from being on thin ice between himself and defeat, takes punishment, but comes back, and wins, and then some. I thought Klitschko, at 41, was fighting in what he knew was his last chance, and he did fantastic, his conditioning was brilliant, his agility, his recovery, brilliant. Klitschko's experience showed in this fight, often, when he landed that right hand early, even if Joshua's brute strength, hand speed, youth, aggression was winning him the rounds, it was just accurate, well timed offensive work from Klitschko.

I think Klitschko deserves the same amount of respect as Joshua for showing courage, heart, because to get up from three knockdowns, the last one, very heavy, at 41, 240 lbs, supposed to be 'a pussy', after being smashed with a brutal uppercut from Joshua, which was absolutely what changed the fight, Klitschko refused to stay down, gave it 100%, you can't ask for more than that. Klitschko took that right uppercut as well as I think a lot of fighters would have done, same shot that knocked Dillian Whyte and Kevin Johnson out cold, the delayed reaction was because of how well conditioned Klitschko was, he doesn't have a great chin, his punch resistance can't be any better than it used to be, but to have the conditioning to hold yourself up from a punch like that, even for a few long seconds, should be applauded. I think if anything, the stoppage might have been a bit late, I think the fight should have been stopped as the second knockdown came, because Klitschko looked out before he hit the canvas, and after he got up, Joshua missed with a few shots, maybe a little bit of inexperience, but it really wasn't a time in the fight when missing a few was a problem, because when you have a guy hurt, you feel it is important to stop him, loading up, sustaining the power, concluding with superiority, is necessary rather than letting seconds fly by for him to possibly recover and go the extra mile for cleaner shots, especially if you know you have enough punches left in you to load up and put all your power into these shots, but more to the point, Joshua was missing, or landing with little accuracy in these last few seconds of the fight, and Klitschko still looked defenceless, like he physically couldn't bring anything more out of himself, he was vulnerable, Joshua certainly wasn't fresh as a daisy, but he had enough in the tank to extend the beating to the point in which it shouldn't be inflicted, it was not a premature stoppage, that is for sure.

I think this experience will make Joshua a much better fighter, I think now the people who said Joshua had a lot to learn because he really did, will be set apart from the people who said it because they wanted something to criticise Joshua for, I mean, I would say maybe one more meaningful fight, 20-0, before I would eliminate experience from even minor problems for Joshua, but although it is one fight, and it is only one fight, let's be fair, the people who learn fast, are people who know they have a lot to learn, Joshua has always known this, I think Joshua has progressed very well over the years, and he will definitely have improved, and matured in beating Klitschko, he passed new tests, ticked new boxes. I think it was bold, ambitious, but not at all unwise or unnecessary for Joshua to go for Klitschko like that in round 5, as the younger guy with not half the amount of fights as Klitschko, a guy who hadn't ever been past 7 rounds, he was always going to struggle if he didn't get the older, vulnerable fighter out of there early, but he really did land himself in trouble there, as a fighter with a lot of muscle mass, at 250 lbs, he was done there, well, for a good few minutes, and he took quite a beating there in that round, Klitschko was relentless, for Klitschko to sustain that was very impressive, Klitschko did very well to recover from Joshua's early offensive attack as well. That right hand in round 6, the way Klitschko drew Joshua onto that shot, pulled him towards the shot, so the impact was massive, Joshua couldn't anticipate that punch, and it absolutely demolished him, I didn't think it would continue, I thought he'd beat the count, just, but go back down, I mean, to come back from a shot like that, tremendous, Joshua answered the question of how he reacts when he is in the deep end. I don't think Klitschko let Joshua off the hook, I just don't think he is young enough to sustain and assault like that for two rounds in a row, and Joshua did well to make it so that he could make Klitschko pay if he got careless.

I thought rounds 6-10 were masterful from Klitschko, Joshua did well to keep it competitive at all times, kept his composure, used what I think is an underrated jab, his footwork is underrated as well, I don't think he gave Klitschko his chin on a plate either, he made Klitschko have to work, but by keeping him moving, rather than encouraging to punch himself out. I think age had a lot to do with the late rounds, a 27 year old fighter will always be able to recover from fatigue better than that of a 41 year old. The finish from Joshua was just spectacular.

I hope Joshua vs Wilder happens. It is good that Klitschko retired after this fight, he finished on a high, he should be recognised as a top heavyweight of all time, I think he is an all time top 8, maybe top 5, a boxing legend let's be honest, and I hope this fantastic performance and participation in this fantastic fight improves his reputation, because he should be more respected in my opinion.

rorschach's picture

What a event, what a spectacle! I couldn't imagine what either man must have been feeling walking that isle or in that ring. Klitschko choosing for his last fight to be a war against the front runner for this generations great HW, what a way to go out! He did himself proud, I'm proud of him, although the respect for Dr. Steelhammer should've already been high (the man is a top 10 possibly top 5 ATG HW) the way he choose to go for it and make his final performance not only one of his best ever, but most memorable! It doesn't matter that he lost, it doesn't matter that he was stopped, in fact the way he went for it in defeat at the age of 41 after 21 years as a pro against a 27 year old prime monster well I don't have the words to describe the massive amount of respect and admiration I feel towards Wladdy. You did the world proud champ, enjoy your retirement, you've more than earned it! Klit-Schko! Klit-Schko! Klit-Schko!

rorschach's picture

Great write up as usual Champ! I just watched the fight again, I will finally score it at some point when I'm not so emotional and moved by the event and performance.

Champion97's picture

Thanks man, I just noticed a few typos which is annoying, I'll correct them. It was a fantastic night of boxing, the undercard was decent, not phenomenal, but it didn't need to be, the main event was thrilling, some think it is a shame we're not getting a rematch, but I'm glad it is not happening, I think had Klitschko won, finished Joshua in round 6, or maybe found something incredible after getting through Joshua's offence in round 11, then the rematch would be massive, but it was all about time, the more time which goes on, the more it favours Joshua.

BoxNationscores12's picture

In round 5, Joshua was out on his feet, and in round 6, he was over, he smiled, that was a reaction, from his heart, not his head, he was stunned, he was trailing, and suddenly, in round 10, it was a slightly slower round, I didn't think Klitschko had faded, I thought Klitschko was taking a breather, and Rob McKracken, was berating Anthony Joshua, to get out there, and finish him, from rounds 7 and 8, and he did it, he listened to the instructions, and he went for it.

albertocastany's picture

Fight of the Year 2017 IMO.... I thought there would be better fights in 2017...but none was able to top this one