Tyson Fury Accepts Anthony Joshua Challenge

If Joshua vs Klitschko this weekend was one of the biggest fights in years, just imagine how big Joshua vs Fury will be if it happens.

The Ukrainian suffered the fifth defeat of his decorated career, and the second in succession, when he was dramatically stopped in the 11th round of a thrilling clash at Wembley Stadium by IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Joshua.

A surreal hush gripped the stadium as Klitschko looked to be jabbing his way towards the improbable, but Joshua drew on reserves not previously required in his career to separate the great Ukrainian from his senses with a chilling right uppercut in round 11.

Though retirement may loom for the 41-year-old Klitschko, he referenced a rematch clause after the fight and Bernd Bonte believes his man was not far away from regaining three of the prizes he lost to Tyson Fury in November 2015. For now, though, the old master should feel proud of the part he played in one of boxing history's greatest heavyweight fights. "We will give the world the biggest fight in 500 years". It was certainly the best heavyweight fight in recent years. They won nearly every fight they were involved in with such ease, and so little drama, that many of their match-ups were widely overlooked.

U.S. legend Sugar Ray Leonard called the fight "amazing" and said the opponents showed a "lot of heart".

He said: "Tyson Fury, where you at baby?" Like I did before I won this fight.

It looked for all money like the end for the man who had appeared well past his sell-by-date in a sorry dethroning at the hands of Tyson Fury some 17 months earlier, but as Klitschko himself said: "I took a beating but I recovered well".

After prolonged introductions, where Joshua stood on an airborne platform before his flaming initials and his adoring public, Klitschko - a challenger for the first time since 2006 - immediately sought centre-ring and popped out some left leads.

"To be exposed in front of 90,000 people with your lack of experience is brutal but to come through the other side is just one of the most remarkable performances I've ever seen".

"I'm not gonna say too much in case he wants to come back and fight me again but, in terms of the boxing hall of fame and the boxing arena, he's a role model in and out of the ring and I've got nothing but love and respect for anyone that steps in the ring".

"I thought he would not get up", said Klitschko.

Klitschko and Joshua have a two-fight deal, so a rematch may be in the cards if Klitschko wants it.

"I'm not going to consider anything, I'm not going to make any statements, I will take my time and let you know", Klitschko said.

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