Ringside reflections: Joshua vs Klitschko

Mark Butcher
30/04/2017 4:29pm

Boxing Monthly's Mark Butcher was ringside last night for Joshua vs Klitschko - his tweets @kowriting tell the story of an unforgettable showdown...

Welcome to Wembley Stadium for probably the biggest event in British boxing history since Robinson-Turpin I with up to 90,000 expected.

Heard strong arguments for both men at ringside. Is this the night where Klitschko cements his greatness or Joshua silences the doubters?

Atmosphere electric inside Wembley, crowd abuzz. Attended Lewis-Bruno, Bruno-McCall stadium fights in the UK but this is on a grander scale.

Joshua and Klitschko in the ring. God save the queen sung with gusto. Michael Buffer in full flow. The wait is almost over...

Cagey, scrappy opening as the protagonists try to establish the jab. Every Joshua punch or near miss is greeted with a roar.

Unbelievable 5th! Joshua hurts and drops a groggy Wlad. Bombs unleashed. Suddenly Klitschko has Joshua in desperate trouble. Barely survives!

Joshua dropped heavily by a right hand in the sixth! In dire straits.

After scoring that heavy knockdown Wlad dictated with the jab but Joshua has done well to recover. Fight still up for grabs in the ninth.

Two rounds remaining and one feels Joshua has to gamble. Fight is slipping away.

Joshua explodes in the 11th! Drops Wlad twice and a badly hurt Klitschko is stopped on his feet! Sensational turnaround.

That is one of the great heavyweight fights. Some huge momentum swings. And Joshua passes the gut check.

If you didn't enjoy that fight, check your pulse! Heavyweight boxing at its most stirring and dramatic. One of those 'I was there' moments.

One of the all-time great heavyweight fights. Shifts in fortune and immense fortitude shown by both men. And ultimately a mutual respect...