London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, could not contain his joy after Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight championship win over Wladimir Klitchsko at Wembley Stadium last night.
A historic 90,000 people witnessed a brutal clash which ended in the 11th round after Londoner Joshua floored his Ukrainian opponent twice with the referee stopping the onslaught before a third knockdown could be administered.
Gareth A. Davies, boxing correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, said, “It had everything. Joshua showed us over those pulsating, thrilling rounds that there will be drama in his career, and that his powers of recovery are extraordinary. Heavyweight boxing is like no other sporting competition on earth. It is about knockouts, knockdowns and power. We got all three as two huge men, giant human beings and athletes, let their hands go. Neither man disappointed.”
Khan personally congratulated Joshua in the ring after the bout and took to Twitter, proclaiming, “Top class talent, world class venues and the best fight fans. Record breaking 90,000 crowd at #JoshuaKlitchsko shows London is open for sport.”
British Asian fans were out in force supporting national hero Joshua at Wembely Stadium and in the various Asian clubs and bars dotted around the capital. One such bar, Club 2000, in Harrow, was packed to capacity with fans watching the bout on several screens in the venue. A Club 2000 regular told the Asian Weekly, “I’ve never seen the place rocking like it is tonight. It’s as if India won the cricket world cup!”