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Klitschko rematch 'no problem': Joshua

dpa logodpa 29/04/2017 Nate Williams

Both former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko and the man who dethroned him, Anthony Joshua, say they are willing to have a rematch.

New unified heavyweight boxing world champion Anthony Joshua says he would have "no problem" with giving defeated rival Wladimir Klitschko another fight.

Britain's Joshua climbed off the canvas in round six at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday to stop Ukrainian Klitschko in round 11 with a ferocious flurry of punches to retain his IBF heavyweight title and add the WBA belt to his collection in only his 19th professional fight.

The unbeaten 27 year-old from London says he was impressed with the way Klitschko bravely carried on fighting in front of the 90,000 fans after he fell for the first time in the fifth round before rising to his feet twice in a pulsating finish.

Joshua sees the potential for another fight with the 41 year-old former two-time champion.

"I always knew I was fighting against a new and improved Klitschko," said Joshua.

"Klitschko was dominating for 10 years until he lost to Tyson Fury but what I kept on reminding myself was his obsession and his passion to get the victory.

"If he was fighting anyone else, he would've won but not against me. I have respect for what he has achieved in boxing and I would not mind fighting him again if he wants a rematch."

Joshua opened up a cut on Klitschko's eye after a stinging left hook in the fifth round before Klitschko responded in the next round with a stiff right hand to knock Joshua down for the first time in his career.

"I thought he wouldn't get up but he got up," said Klitschko after his second consecutive loss.

"I thought he was running out of gas the way we went through the rounds. I think I could've done more in that moment to finish him off after he went down. Respect.

"He's the champion, so you have to respect it."

The heavyweight great, who was the king of the division for nine years, says he won't make any immediate decisions on his future in the ring.

"I am not going to make any statements right now. It's too early I feel," he said.

"I actually feel pretty good considering I lost. I didn't get the belts but I don't think I lost in my name, my face, my reputation.

"I will take my time and I will let you know. I have a rematch clause that I can execute in a certain time but I won't make any quick decisions."

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