Anthony Joshua survived the first knockdown of his young career, coming back to drop Wladimir Klitschko twice before stopping him in the 11th round Saturday night in London to retain his heavyweight titles and stake his claim as the boxing's next star.
Tyson Fury has accepted the challenge issued by world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua following the Londoner's title victory over Wladimir Klitschko.
Rounds 5 and 6 featured some of the best heavyweight action since Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis - the latter two sitting ringside - ruled the division.
On his win, which Joshua had to dig deep to claim, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist added: "I'm not flawless but I'm trying. As I said, I'm not flawless but I'm trying and if you don't take part you're going to fail", said Joshua who was put on the canvas for the first time in his career in the sixth round of the see-saw battle.
The Ukrainian had also been sent crashing to the floor in the fifth round as the 27-year-old British fighter took his ideal record to 19 stoppage wins in 19 fights. Joshua said while still in the ring.
But Klitschko hit back and pinned Joshua to the ropes to turn the round on its head.
On a heady night, the most unaffected figure of all seemed to be Joshua himself.
It was only Joshua's 19th professional bout, but a post-war record British boxing crowd of 90,000 turned up to see the 2012 Olympic champion recover from the first knockdown of his career in the fifth round to win.
Klitschko got up only to take even more punishment.
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But they are TMC leaders, this politics of vendetta will not last for long", she added. "People do not need to take up arms on behalf of religion", she said.
"Two gentleman fought each other".
"I knew it was possible to hurt him but I am learning round by round", he said.
"I just said to my coach, "I took a round off, am getting my breath back and I'm going to bounce back", he said.
"I tried to recover and then step it up in the later rounds, that was the plan".
After defeating Klitschko in front of 90,000 spectators and roars, Anthony Joshua requested the opportunity to fight against Tyson Fury next, who also beat Klitschko - on points in November 2015 - but has not fought since.
The sixth was another incredible round, with Klitschko dropping Joshua with a heavy right hand early. "All the respect to Anthony - congratulations".
Asked if it topped winning Olympic gold, he said: "No".
"I'm only going to improve", said Joshua, whose quick path to success had been questioned by some outside his camp.