Round 1 (Joshua 10-9 Klitschko)
Klitschko pawing with the left jab from the opening bell. The 41-year-old looks light on his feet. Each man feeling the other out in the middle of the ring. Lots of jabbing. Joshua darts forward and tries a left-right combination but misses. What a massive sound from this crowd in support of their man! Joshua lands a good left. Klitschko looking light on his feet, but holding his left low … perhaps trying to set an early trap. Not much from either man but slightly more from AJ.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 10-9 Klitschko (Joshua 10-9 Klitschko)
Round 2 (Joshua 9-10 Klitschko)
Klitschko scoring with right-hand leads early in the second. A good straight right from the Ukranian. Joshua fires back with bad intention and the crowd is whipped into a frenzy but the punch doesn’t seem to have connected with effect. Another low-action round as the fighters spent most of the session trading feints. A better, busier round for Klitschko and he nicks it on my card.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 9-10 Klitschko (Joshua 19-19 Klitschko)
Round 3 (Joshua 10-9 Klitschko)
The fighters are starting to let their hands go early in the round and the potential for fireworks looms. Joshua finally uncorks a right uppercut but misses the target, but even the missed power shot stirs the crowd to the back rows. Joshua yet to land anything strong yet but he’s looking more emboldened and opening up more. Klitschko still bouncing on the balls of his feet, looking fresh. But even though he’s making Joshua miss and think, Wladimir is just not doing enough to score on his own right. Another close round but Joshua takes it for pressing the fight.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 10-9 Klitschko (Joshua 29-28 Klitschko)
Round 4 (Joshua 10-9 Klitschko)
Only the third time Joshua has been past the third round. Klitschko scoring early with a sharp right. Then he cracks Joshua again with a punch that prompts a collective groan from the crowd. Joshua answers with a hook followed by a right hand. A nice counter right by Joshua. Joshua’s linear assault on Klitschko is making him a far too easy target, but Klitschko not making him pay enough.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 10-9 Klitschko (Joshua 39-37 Klitschko)
Round 5 (Joshua 10-8 Klitschko)
Joshua comes out firing in the fifth and he’s hurt Klitschko! Klitschko is down early in the fifth! Looks like a left hook did it, but really it was the accumulation of quick punches. Klitschko beats the count but he’s cut over his left eye and he’s in trouble. But now it looks like Joshua is gassed after trying to close for the big finish. Joshua looks tired as Klitschko is getting his feet back. What a reversal! Joshua takes a massive left hand. What a round!
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 10-8 Klitschko (Joshua 49-45 Klitschko)
Round 6 (Joshua 8-10 Klitschko)
Joshua loses his mouthpiece early in the round. And now Joshua is down! A massive right hand by Klitschko did it. Joshua in serious trouble! Oh dear. Joshua looks exhuasted. He’s taking shots that he sees coming. Too tired to move out of the line of fire. No legs, breathing through his mouth heavily. Now he digs deep at the end of the round but it’s surely too little too late. A hugely compelling fight is unfolding here at Wembley. Can Joshua recover?
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 8-10 Klitschko (Joshua 57-55 Klitschko)
Round 7 (Joshua 9-10 Klitschko)
Joshua looks somewhat recovered as the seventh begins, but Klitschko doesn’t wait a moment before teeing off with his ramrod jab. He’s now outworking and outlanding the younger champion. Say what you want about Klitschko but his conditioning is impeccable. Simply breathtaking. Joshua looks as if he took off the round in the hopes of recovering, but in the process Klitschko notches an easy one. Does Joshua have a second wind? Remember, this will be his first ever time past the seventh round …
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 9-10 Klitschko (Joshua 66-65 Klitschko)
Round 8 (Joshua 9-10 Klitschko)
Klitschko stalking Joshua, whose legs have recovered but who still finds himself on the wrong end of an increasingly worrying jab from the Ukranian. Klitschko pushing the pace here and the chasm in experience is showing. A close round but Klitschko won it with the jab. They’re back on even terms, on my card anyway, with four scheduled rounds to go.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 9-10 Klitschko (Joshua 75-75 Klitschko)
Round 9 (Joshua 10-9 Klitschko)
A strong body shot from Joshua early. More of those would help. The young champion looks spent, but he’s recommitted himself to the body attack and that’s the right play. A sharp right by Joshua lands upstairs and gets Klitschko’s attention. A nice recovery by Joshua here and Klitschko isn’t doing much in response. Joshua does enough to take the round, surely. It’s up for grabs with three rounds to go!
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 10-9 Klitschko (Joshua 85-84 Klitschko)
Round 10 (Joshua 9-10 Klitschko)
Another good combo by Joshua to open the 10th. Lots of jabs from both men. Klitschko still looks fresh but Joshua’s shown him a new look and he hasn’t quite figured it out yet. A very close round. Too close to call. I think Klitschko may have nicked it, certainly helped by the right that landed right at the bell.
Guardian’s unofficial score: Joshua 9-10 Klitschko (Joshua 94-94 Klitschko)
Anthony Joshua knocks out Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round!
Joshua looks to blitz Klitschko from the opening bell of the 11th and Klitschko is down! An uppercut! Klitschko is hurt! Joshua looks to finish the job and sends Klitschko crashing to the canvas again. Klitschko down a second time in the 11th! Klitschko beats the count but Joshua comes in for the finish, Klitschko buckling under a flurry of punches and the referee intervenes! It’s over!
“I hope you enjoyed the fight,” Klitschko says. “The best man won tonight. And it’s an amazing event for boxing. Two gentleman fought each other and he was better today than I. It’s really sad that I didnt make it tonight I was planning to do it but it didnt work. But all due respect to Anthony. Congratulations.”
“I’m not perfect but I’m trying,” says Joshua, who follows with a series of gracious words for the fallen Klitschko. What a night.
The 27-year-old has retained the IBF’s version of the heavyweight title while adding the vacant WBA strap. He’s now 19-0 with all 19 victories by stoppage.