World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua declared he was willing to give Wladimir Klitschko a rematch after his 11th-round win on Saturday, but the Ukrainian would not confirm he would box again.
The Briton successfully defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) world heavyweight title for the third time and claimed the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organization belts against the former champion after an epic battle was settled by Joshua’s 19th consecutive stoppage.
In a wildly exciting fight, which swung one way and then the other, Joshua sealed victory during a thunderous 11th round.
"I don’t mind fighting him again, if he wants the rematch," Joshua said at a press conference after the fight in front of 90,00 fans at Wembley Stadium.
"Big respect to Wladimir for challenging the young lions of the division. It’s up to him, I don’t mind. As long as Rob [McCracken, Joshua’s trainer] thinks it’s good I’m good to go."
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said that if a rematch were to take place in the UK later this year, it would likely be at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, which has a roof.
"It was one of the best heavyweight fights I’ve seen and Klitschko will probably say he wants a rematch," Hearn told reporters. "Whether he feels the same on reflection I don’t know. We’re not opening negotiations with any other fighter until he knows what he wants to do.
"If people don’t want to see a rematch, it won’t happen. If people want to see a rematch, it’s likely to happen. It’s more likely to be at [the Principality Stadium] if it’s in the UK, or it might take us to a new territory.
"Anthony wouldn’t mind going to Germany for it, but he won’t be ready before October and that was a bad cut Wlad had."