(K. Brent Tomer),
AS ANTHONY JOSHUA crumpled to the canvas, it looked like his defence of his heavyweight world-championship title would not make it past the sixth round. In his 18 previous professional bouts, the 27-year-old Londoner had never been beyond seven rounds, knocking out all of his opponents without once hitting the mat himself. If he was going to preserve his undefeated record, in front of a home crowd of 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium on April 29th, he would have to dig deeper than ever before. It did not help his odds that his opponent was Wladimir Klitschko. The 41-year-old Ukrainian, though entering the twilight of his career, is one of the most successful heavyweight boxers of all time. No man in that division has spent more time as a world champion, and only the great Joe Louis has mounted more title defences than “Dr Steelhammer”.
After a cagey opening, Mr Joshua appeared to be in control during the fifth round, as he floored his opponent with a flurry of punches. But Mr Klitschko recovered quickly,…Continue reading