Opinion | May 01 2017

Five things we learned from the weekend ft. Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko & a paradigm shift in boxing

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko provide plenty of food for thought
Anthony Joshua
anthony joshua  |  Paul Macleod

Anthony Joshua can dig deep when it counts

There were many, many questions surrounding Anthony Joshua’s calibre going in to his enormous unification clash with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium this weekend. Most of them concerned his ability to handle a crisis and how he copes when things aren’t going his way. He answered them all.

He floored Klitschko in the fifth but ran out of steam at an alarming rate. Klitschko, vastly more experienced than ‘AJ’, sensed it instantly and fought back valiantly, forcing Joshua to the ropes and putting him in dire straits. Things worsened for the Londoner when he hit the deck for the first time as a professional off a jackhammer Klitschko right hand in the next round. He weathered the storm, recovered, and gambled big in the 11th by wading into his adversary – it paid off.