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Anthony Joshua stops Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to claim the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight


Anthony Joshua produced the performance of his career to add the WBA world heavyweight title to his IBF crown with an enthralling knockout win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.

A post-war boxing record 90,000 fans at the national stadium were treated to a stunning contest, Joshua dropping the former unified world champion in the fifth round, before being put down - for the first time in his 19-fight career - in the sixth.

Joshua and Klitschko looked in danger of being stopped over two rounds which will live long in the memory, before the 27-year-old delivered the clinical blows in the 11th.

He landed a brutal uppercut which gave him the chance to send Klitschko down with an immediate flurry.

Klitschko stood, was dropped by a left hook again moments later, and then stood again, only for referee David Fields to save the challenger when pinned against the ropes.

Joshua threw his arms into the air as roars rolled down the Wembley tiers.

He had come through his stiffest test to date, while Klitschko had answered questions of his own, showing he remains competitive at world level, even at 41.

He will rue not finishing the job when he floored Joshua and appeared very close to reclaiming two of the titles he lost in his last fight against Tyson Fury in 2015.

"What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game," said Joshua. "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."

Joshua walks back to his corner while Klitschko is escorted back to his own by the referee

Klitschko is ushered back to his corner while Joshua lies on the canvas for the first time in his professional career

However, Joshua regained balance to his feet to drop the veteran Ukrainian with a barrage of punches in the eleventh round

Klitschko returned to his feet for the third time in the fight but referee David Fields called a stop to the fight

Klitschko kisses his gloves while he waits for Anthony Joshua to make his entrance at Wembley

Thousands of supporters attempt to capture the moment on their mobile phones while pyrotechnics go off around them

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