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Joshua TKOs Klitschko in instant classic

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Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko is exactly what the boxing world needed.

A gigantic, vocal crowd that let loose whenever a solid punch was landed. Over the top entrances from both men that would make Vegas proud. The atmosphere was electric from beginning to end, even through a television set.

In front of a packed house of 90,000+ at London’s historic Wembley Stadium, Anthony Joshua (19-0; 19 KOs) became the young, charismatic, extremely powerful unified Heavyweight Champion that boxing has craved since Lennox Lewis hung up his gloves.

No offense to Mr. Klitschko who, along with his older brother Vitali, reigned over the division for a decade. Wladimir Klitschko (64-5; 53 KOs) will forever be one of the sport’s greatest champions. Facing all challengers (minus his brother) to his belts, knocking out most of them behind that powerful jab. Klitschko defended his belts 18 times and went undefeated for 11 1/2 years, but those bouts happened mainly in Germany while the rest of the world had to wait and catch up offering up very little in terms of true challengers.

Boxing can finally move forward from the “Klitschko Era” and into a new exciting era of heavyweight champions and challengers led by Britain’s Anthony Joshua, the U.S.’s Deontay Wilder (38-0), and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker (22-0).

That’s not even counting Tyson Fury, the lineal heavyweight champion that sits on the sidelines with a list of personal problems, Luis Ortiz (27-0) and Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-1).

If Saturday’s classic fight is any indication of what we can expect from the “new” heavyweight division, then it is indeed a great time to be a fan of the sweet science.

If Anthony Joshua’s TKO of the former world champion is any indication of what we can expect from the young pugilist, then every card he headlines becomes a “must-see” event.

That’s exactly what boxing needs.

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