Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko
After his victory on Saturday night, Anthony Joshua would have been forgiven for celebrating with reckless abandon. He had, after all, just defeated Wladimir Klitschko. Before Saturday Wladimir was arguably the most feared heavyweight of our time since the retirement of his brother, Vitali. Although Joshua entered Saturday’s fight as the defending champion, Klitschko had reigned supreme in the heavyweight division for fifteen years to 2015. This was the fight where Joshua would show the world his full range of boxing skills. You could watch it from the comfort of your own home if you were willing to pay for it!
After the most testing and thrilling success of AJ’s career, he remained calm and offered words of wisdom to anybody wanting to conquer their fears in his post match interview
‘If you don’t take part you’re going to fail, so just give it a go and you never know the outcome’
The words of Joshua are sound advice to anybody facing a challenge. Everybody has their doubters, as AJ acknowledged. Yet the the perseverance of Anthony Joshua, now aged twenty-seven and heavyweight world champion, proves that anything is possible.
Role Models for Future Generations
The humility of both fighters was clear in the build up. Even after the intense fighting and bloodshed in the ring on Saturday night, both fighters showed their class in calm and respectful post match interviews. Many onlookers commented that there was little edge before the fight. Some even suggested that the distinct lack of pre-match bravado may even have a negative impact on the fight itself. Joshua and Klitschko proved those doubters wrong on Saturday night. By the time Wladimir Klitchko and Anthony Joshua gave their post match interviews, eleven intense, action filled three-minute rounds of boxing had passed. These rounds included the first knockdown of Anthony Joshua’s career in the 6th; crucially Klitschko was knocked down in the 5th before he was stopped in the 11th after two further encounters with the canvas.
In the post match press conference Anthony Joshua repeated his mantra
‘If you get knocked down eight times, you get up nine. That’s what life’s about’
In his post match interviews, Anthony Joshua acknowledged his impact on the current generation of boxers and younger generations to come. Joshua’s awareness of the consequences of his actions and the impact it may have on younger generations is refreshing. More and more ‘sportsmen’ are seemingly exposed for flouting the rules of their game, or acting thoughtlessly in the public eye. Look no further than Joey Barton for the most recent example. Through their often thoughtless actions, players like Barton become an ever poorer role model for younger generations.
Joshua’s Next Fight
No sooner had Anthony Joshua finished his post match interviews, opponents for his next fight were already being lined up. High profile heavyweights including Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or the mysterious Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz could be on the cards. Whatever the result when Anthony Joshua’s next enters the ring, there can be no doubt that he is of the highest calibre of athlete. He has now defeated arguably one of the best current heavyweights in the world. The world of boxing better watch out…