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Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko by KO to add WBA heavyweight title to IBF belt

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Anthony Joshua stopped Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round at Wembley to add the WBA heavyweight title to his IBF belt.

The Brit landed a huge uppercut in the early stages of the penultimate stanza and the Ukrainian beat the count, but never recovered.

He was knocked down once more later in the round before the referee called a stop to the bout.

After an even opening four rounds, Joshua came out with a barrage of punches in the fifth and floored Klitschko.

Klitschko came back strong in the fifth and dominated the sixth, putting Joshua on the canvas.

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Rio Ferdinand and Arnold Schwarzenegger ringside for Anthony Joshua's win over Wladimir Klitschko

But Joshua weathered the storm and regrouped in the next four rounds, before the dramatic 11th.

Two knockdowns were followed with another group of big shots when the referee waved off the scrap.

In the aftermath of the fight, Joshua said: "What can I say? First and foremost, 19-0, three and a half years in the game. I’m not perfect, but I’m trying.

"If you don’t take part, you fail, I want to shout out my trainer.

"I want to give a massive shoutout to 95,000 people in the arena and lastly as boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and a massive shoutout to Klitschko for taking part."

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Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko round by round scorecard as Londoner wins epic Wembley battle

Joshua then called out Tyson Fury, who is eyeing a return to the ring after a layoff of 18 months.

"It is what it is. I came out and won. I came back and fought my heart out.

"Tyson Fury, where you at baby? I enjoy fighting, Tyson Fury, I know you’ve been talking a lot, I want to give 90,000 people again a chance. I want to fight everyone.

"Lennox, Roy Jones Jr, you’re my inspiration, thank you for coming out."

Klitschko was humble in defeat, and praised Joshua.

"I love you too guys, I hope you enjoyed the fight," he said. "Both fighters were really giving it back. The best man won tonight and it’s an amazing fight for boxing.

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Anthony Joshua calls out Tyson Fury after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in epic Wembley showdown

"Two gentlemen fought, I say gentlemen because we’re in England. "I was planning to do it, but it didn’t work, all the respect to Anthony. Love and respect to you guys.

"Of course, we have it in the contract [a rematch]. I need to analyse what the heck happened. I wish I could raise my hand, instead of somebody who didn’t make it back to back.

"Congratulations to Anthony."

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: "One of the best fights I’ve ever seen. Thank you for the support you’ve given Anthony so far.

"Tonight’s about celebrating a great fight."

Fury responded to Joshua's challenge on Twitter, congratulating the world champ and encouraging a future bout.

He posted: "Well done @anthonyfjoshua good fight, you had life and death with @Klitschko and I played with the guy, let's dance."

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