anthony joshua beats wladimir klitschko in a heavyweight bout for the ages

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london — for 12 minutes, the worst fears of the boxing community were being realized. after years of heavyweight matches that failed to captivate, 90,000 people who had come to wembley stadium to see fireworks in the division’s most anticipated bout in 15 years were instead being treated to a jabbing contest. and then the bell for the fifth round was struck.the fight ended with the official coronation of a brilliant young star, anthony joshua — who retained his ibf heavyweight championship with a dramatic 11th round technical knockout victory. but to get to that crowning moment, the heralded phenom was pushed to the limit by a future hall of famer, wladimir klitschko — who, in defeat, proved mightier than he ever had in victory. the first third of the bout was entirely forgettable — an extended feeling out period. joshua (19-0, 19 knockouts) made efforts to get inside. but klitschko managed to control the distance with his lengthy jab, as he has so often done over the course of his 69-fight career.but joshua began the fifth with a furious attack, which eventually floored klitschko to the delight of the sold out crowd.the fight seemed as though it might be over right then.......

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