Anthony Joshua shocked the world on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in front of 90,000 fans in an exremely close fight that ended in an 11th round KO of long reigning heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko. To show you just how close things were before Joshua finished Klitschko, the judges were split 96-93 and 95-93 Joshua to 95-93 Klitschko, with many unofficial scorecards favoring the Ukranian Klitschko as the fight drew to a finish.
For Joshua it was a night of validation as doubters had questioned his ability to defeat a top name like Wladimir, who has stood atop boxing’s heavyweight division for a decade until a loss to Tyson Fury in 2015 cost him all the belts he had accumulated. Since then Wladimir has chased a rematch with Tyson, but two attempted fights ended up being cancelled by Fury, first due to a sprained ankle and then due to a mental breakdown where the British ‘Gypsy King’ admitted he had spent the last several months on a cocaine binge.
Upon those revelations, Tyson Fury retired to concentrate on his mental health, which is why it’s interesting that the victorious Anthony Joshua called him out following his massive victory over Klitschko.