The War at Wembley
The boxing gods continue to deliver with an appetizing fight that was delivered this past weekend. Anthony Joshua stopped Wladmir Klitschko in the 11th round, to show many this was just the beginning in him perhaps, unifying and dominating the division like his opponent once did. The first 4 rounds of this fight looked to be a feeling out process. We saw Joshua making efforts to get on the inside but, Klitschko doing what he does best, was jabbing and keeping Joshua at bay. For a moment, I thought this would be another underwhelming Klitschko fight like we’ve seen in the past until, the 5th round came.
The 5th round heated up quick as Joshua jumped all over Klitschko, hurting him and then putting him on the canvas. That was just the beginning, Joshua spent all his energy trying to put Klitschko away but couldn’t do anything. The 41 year old Ukranian showed us why he dominated the divison for 10 years as, he presented the courage and will by countering with his own attack and ending the round strong considering being knockdown and suffering a cut over his left eye. In the the 6th round, Klitschko landed his bread and butter, the 1-2 or jab, right hand that dropped Joshua. It was clear as day, Joshua was not only hurt but, tired. Klitschko let him off the hook and Joshua survived the round and used the 7th and 8th rounds to get himself back into the fight. Joshua showed some life heading in the 9th round where he went to Klitschko’s body and landed a nice uppercut.
Going into the championship rounds of the fight it was close and both fighters had been knockdown. Someone would have to step it up and take it to another level or the fight would be in the hands of the judges which wouldn’t be the best decision. In the 11th, Joshua threw a left uppercut that wobbled Klitschko that, unbelivably didn’t put him down. Joshua followed up with an attack that would put Klitscko down. Klitschko was hurt badly and unlike the 5th round, Joshua wouldn’t make the same twice. Referee David Fields would end up calling off the fight.
In the last decade, this was probably the most meaningful heavyweight fight since, Tyson-Lewis. Unlike that fight, this one had an electryfing crowd, back and forth swings and took place in front of 90,000 fans. We ask ourselves, what’s next for Anthony Joshua and the heavyweight divsion? Hard-hitting Cuban Luis Ortiz is Joshua’s mandatory for his WBA title. There’s always the possibility of a unification between Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker. The wildcard is a all U.K. showdown with Tony Bellew who just pulled off an upset against David Haye just two months ago. Let’s just end it with this, the heavyweight division in a long time, is picking up steam. The matchups are there for exciting fights to be made, we just need to put away the politics and get the fighters in the ring.