Fury tells Joshua 'challenge accepted' as he seeks showdown with world champion

"There is a chance that Klitschko could turn around and say "you know what I gave it everything", and what a wonderful performance by the way".

A third defence of his IBF world heavyweight title also earned Joshua the vacant WBA belt as he became the first British heavyweight since Lennox Lewis in 2002 to hold two versions of the world title.

Before a boisterous crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium, Joshua and Klitschko traded huge punches and showed grit before Joshua finally found a way to finish the longtime former champion.

Klitschko stood, but was again dropped by a left hook moments later, and then stood again, only for referee David Fields to save the challenger when pinned against the ropes.

The event was headlined by a heavyweight slugfest between undefeated IBF titleholder Anthony Joshua and former divisional king Wladimir Klitschko.

Tyson Fury accepted the challenge - some have called this next bout to be one of the biggest in 500 years of boxing history. "If you don't take part, you fail". It's really sad I didn't make it tonight.

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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. Joshua has fought 19 times and won all by knockout. He got up and fought back to win the titles.

The fifth defeat of the Ukrainian's career, and second in succession, could yet prove the last fight of a decorated career, but he will find Joshua a game opponent should he choose to fight on. As I'm thinking about the fight and it's still fresh, I'm actually taking down notes of little things of how I can improve.

Whatever you're opinion of Fury might be is, there is no denying that his comeback to the sport will add more interest given the rivalry already forming with Joshua.

While the current mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, hasn't competed since 2012, Wladimir has continued to fight on.

"This guy has had 18 professional fights and, although he won Olympic gold, he hardly has any amateur experience compared some of these other seasoned guys".

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