On Saturday, April 29, in front of 90,000 screaming fight fans inside a packed Wembley Stadium, British favorite and current IBF/WBA Heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua became the third man to stop former universally recognized champion Wladimir Klitschko wtihin the distance of a thrilling back-and-forth slugfest.
The knock-out victory came at the 2:25 mark of the eleventh stanza, as referee in charge David Fields saw the 41 year old title challenger backed up against the ropes, while being attacked with a barrage of unanswered punches.
With both fighters getting up off the canvas in rounds five and six respectively, plenty of fireworks throughout, and a sensational KO finish, was "Joshua vs. Klitschko" the best "Big-Time" Heavyweight fight since "Tyson vs. Holyfield 1" in November of 1996?
It's definitely the most entralling Klitschko fight on the biggest stages of boxing. Coupled with the fact that the two most popular premium networks, Showtime and HBO, showcased the prizefight on Saturday for regular subscribers and not on the often overused and overpriced PPV platform, this weekend's exciting Heavyweight unification contest could very well be the most fulfilling bout in the former glamour division since the aforementioned event, which took place over 20 years ago.
So what now?
Can we now call the "Heavyweights" boxing's glamour division once again? Could it be possible that a Briton can capture the imagination of the casual and mainstream sports fans of the United States?
Is Anthony Joshua currently the biggest star of boxing, and can he at least garner as much attention as Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr.?
Everything will reveal itself in due time.
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