David Beckham’s free-kick against Greece at Old Trafford, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff’s performance during the 2005 Ashes and Mo Farah’s double-gold at the 2012 Olympics are some of the most recognisable sporting achievements of this century.
Anthony Joshua’s performance on Saturday night will live in the memory of fight fans for years to come. His status has been on the rise since his Olympic Gold, Saturday night added to his legacy as one of the greatest British sporting heroes.
What a night of Boxing! The sport has been littered with controversy since its creation, with trash-talking taking over the main event rather than the actual fight.
90,000 people at Wembley (a post-war record) witnessed a contest which the film-makers of ‘Rocky’ would be proud of.
AJ’s ring walk was full of entertainment; fireworks, fire, Biggie Smalls famous song – ‘Juicy’, and a rousing rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’.
The fight lived up to my expectations – a full-bloodied heavyweight battle between the future and the old-guard.
Our British Heavyweight hope had Klitschko on the canvas during the fifth round with a flurry of punches, the crowd and the majority of the nation watching the fight via pay-per-view were on their feet urging AJ to victory.
Veteran Klitschko, showed why he is one of the most respected fighters inside the ring and the reasons he has dominated the Heavyweight division behind his stiff-jab and high boxing IQ.
Recovering from his earlier knockdown Klitschko broke AJ’s defence with a devastating straight-right which sent AJ descending to the canvas. The nations hearts dropped, our undefeated Heavyweight champion couldn’t be beaten – could he?
“It Ain’t How Hard You Hit…It’s How Hard You Can Get Hit and Keep Moving Forward. It’s About How Much You Can Take And Keep Moving Forward!” (Rocky)
AJ looked dead on his feet and it seemed only a matter of time until Klitschko sent AJ sprawling to the canvas again.
11th Round. Delirium.
The hype of the biggest Heavyweight British fight of this decade was now captivating not only Britain, but the rest of the world.
AJ, who in previous rounds looked sluggish, as his career-high weight could have been questionably slowing him down, caught the Ukrainian with one of the greatest upper-cuts I have ever witnessed.
AJ hunted down Klitschko with a flurry of punches before the referee intervened to seal this historic win – limbs and alcohol were sent flying everywhere at Wembley Stadium. In my living room – euphoric screams of support for AJ as Klitschko stumbled around the ring.
Klitschko has long been the gentleman of boxing and has always been a fans favourite. This was shown by the huge respect shown by the 90,000 strong crowd in the post-fight interview.
‘Dr. Steelhammer’ gracious as ever in defeat captured the hearts of many – it’s now time for Wladimir Klitschko to be inducted into the Boxing Hall-of-Fame.
As for AJ, thank you for the entertainment on Saturday night but please don’t put us through that rollercoaster of emotions again! We look forward to your next fight and hopefully seeing Tyson Fury on the canvas in the first round.