Scorecard: Joshua vs Klitschko

Luke G. Williams
30/04/2017 12:32am

Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in a back and forth battle for the ages on Saturday night in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley stadium. Here is how Luke G. Williams saw the dramatic contest...

R1: Klitschko on front foot and looks light on his feet. Only a few clean shots landed, but Joshua with a body shot probably edges a cagey opener. 10-9 Joshua

R2: Klitschko lands a decent right early on. Joshua responds with a right of his own later. Very tight round. Wlad's shot was perhaps the cleaner, so I'll edge an otherwise very even round his way. 10-9 Klitschko

R3: Mid-round flurry to head and body by Joshua makes Klitschko look uncomfortable. Joshua is warming up, the Ukrainian is bouncing on his toes but to little effect. 10-9 Joshua

R4: Klitschko lands a good overhand right - the best punch of the fight to date. Otherwise another tense but low-key stanza. 10-9 Klitschko

R5: Frantic and furious start by Joshua, he lands a flurry of shots, including a big left ... and Klitschko is down! He looks in danger of being stopped, and is badly cut too, but hangs on grimly and roars back at the close of the round with a great left of his own as Joshua breathes heavily and looks tired. What drama! 10-8 Joshua

R6: Early on Joshua's mouthpiece falls out, and he looks seriously tired. Klitschko, scenting blood, goes for him, landing a massive right and flooring the home town fighter! Unbelievable! Somehow an exhausted looking AJ regains his footing and makes it to the bell, but the fight looks to be the Ukrainian's for the taking now. 10-8 Klitschko

R7: Joshua looks to have regrouped a little but Klitschko is revitalised and commands the centre of the ring and the round with his jab and superior work. AJ is in a serious hole here and, lest we forget, he's never gone beyond secen rounds before... 10-9 Klitschko

R8: Another Klitschko round. Joshua is being out thought and outlanded and the 41-year-old, remarkably, looks the fresher of the two men. 10-9 Klitschko

R9: Is Wlad now trying to box his way to victory? Or is he taking as breather to steel himself for the championship rounds? AJ edges a tight round as he regains a toe hold in a fight that already looks like a classic. 10-9 Joshua

R10: Another very close round. Klitschko has the final word with a clean shot on the bell, possibly shading the scorecard. I've got Wlad up by two points with two rounds to go... Actually don't quote me on that, this is so tense my maths may have gone to pot... 10-9 Klitschko

R11: A fast start by Joshua catches Klitschko by surprise and a huge uppercut has him reeling and soon after a further flurry he is down! He recovers, barely, and is sent crashing again by a suddenly rejuvenated Joshua! Once again he bravely beats the count but a further AJ flurry on the ropes convinces the referee to intervene and Joshua has won a fight of almost unbearable intensity! What drama! What heart from both men! What a night for boxing!