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Klitschko's Manager: Joshua was 1 or 2 Punches Away From a Loss

Last Saturday night, Wladimir Klitschko was as close as one punch away from beating Anthony Joshua in Saturday's world heavyweight title showdown, his manager has claimed.

Both men had to climb off the canvas in an 11-round epic in front of 90,000 at Wembley, but Joshua had the lasting power to pummel Klitschko late on and add the vacant WBA and IBO belts to his IBF crown.

Klitschko was the first to see himself on the mat, but he was able to recover from tasting canvas in the fifth to send Joshua to a first career knockdown a round later, although the Ukrainian veteran could not capitalise and the Brit was able to recover ahead of his late onslaught.

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Klitschko appeared to have Joshua ready to go. The 27-year old champion admits he was very tired and felt the sting of Klitschko's punches, but managed to collect himself and battle back in the later rounds. He sent Klitschko down two more times in the eleventh, before battering the veteran against the ropes until the referee jumped in.

Though retirement may loom for the 41-year-old Klitschko, he referenced a rematch clause after the fight and Bernd Boente believes his man was not far away from regaining three of the prizes he lost to Tyson Fury in November 2015.

"It was a great fight from both sides," Boente said.

"For sure people are going to call it an instant classic when you review the fight in a couple of years and even already now.

"It was certainly one of the best heavyweight fights of the last 10-15 years.

"Wladimir almost had him in the sixth round. One or maybe two more punches would have been enough and the fight would have been decided in his favour.

"But, OK, Joshua showed that he can come back, as did Wladimir before. In the end you have to congratulate Joshua."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Judd3 on 05-08-2017

I think Boente's assessment is a fair one. A lot of hero worship here from partisan casuals but the bottom line is that the fight could so easily have gone either way and Wlad clearly made a massive miscalculation. Never…

Comment by Digital Mouth on 05-07-2017

Yeah and Joshua didn't finish Klitschko in the 5th when he knocked him down and cut his eye open. Next fight please. [IMG]http://i67.tinypic.com/2zjlwxw.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by stevepeeve on 05-07-2017

What a crock of crap coming from the KLit commie camp. Wlad went soft and stood there letting Joshua recover without going for the KO win. Excuses are like rear end poop shoots everyone has one. Amazingly stupid.

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 05-07-2017

Wlad was 0 punches away from a loss.

Comment by Blackclouds on 05-07-2017

I went back over Klitschko's older fights and he has a habit of taking his time after he gets a fighter hurt. The biggest difference is that AJ is better than those other fighters so Klitschko made a big mistake…

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