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Joshua clinches WBA title in 11th round

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Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko to add the WBA world heavyweight title to his IBF crown.

Joshua secured a knockout win over the Ukrainian in the 11th round before a post-war record crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium.

Referee David Fields stop the contest with Joshua leading 96-93 and 95-93 on two cards, and Klitschko 95-93 up on the other.

It was Joshua’s stiffest test so far, while Klitschko showed that he remains competitive at world level, even at 41.

The Briton will earn an estimated £15 million from the fight.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live he said: “I knew it was possible to hurt him, but I am learning round by round. I’m learning under the bright lights.

“I don’t come to box, I come to hurt people. With all due respect, I came to hurt him.

“At the end of the day, I figured out what I had to do and got him done.

“I’m coming back to Wembley. I’ll look forward to seeing you here again.

“There’s been many a time in training when we go into the 11th round and I’m tired but I know I have to keep it up because I have to go the distance.

“I showed tonight that fights are won in the gym. It gets tough and boxing isn’t easy. You have to have the whole package.”

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