Over the weekend, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko co-authored an instant classic, thrilling a whopping 90,000 onlookers inside London’s Wembley Stadium with a wild, back-and-forth war.
Though the first four rounds of this fight were somewhat conservative, Joshua roared into offensive mode in the fifth, battering his decorated foe and dropping him early in the round. From there, Klitschko surged back, controlling the remainder of the round and scoring his own dizzying knockdown in the sixth. Having tasted each other’s power, the two heavyweights then engaged in another cautious, chess-like stretch, until Joshua turned up the volume in eleventh, and dropped Klitschko yet again. Though the Ukrainian great was able to regain his footing after this knockdown, Joshua was quick to unleash another onslaught, this time punishing a dazed Klitschko against the ropes until the referee intervened.
This incredible fight generated immediate applause from the combat sports community, being called one of the best title fights in the long and storied history of heavyweight boxing. Even UFC President Dana White, who has attempted to read boxing’s eulogy in the past, offered up praise for the battle, and for the victorious Joshua.
“Boxing had been DYING waiting for an exciting heavyweight champ,” White said in a post to Instagram. “Now they have it in Anthony Joshua, CONGRATS champ.”
Shortly after this incredible heavyweight war, YouTube user The Church of Film synced the highlights up to the theme music of the classic boxing film series Rocky. The pairing could not be more fitting.
See this awesome Rocky-infused Joshua-Klitschko highlight at the top of this post.
“Watching the fight last night I couldn’t shake the feeling it was like a fight from a Rocky film and as such, as a tribute to both warriors, I have put together this quick edit to highlight how much both men were warriors and something straight out of the movies,” the description of this video explains.
What did you think of Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko’s tooth-and-nail battle?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/2/2017.