Anthony Joshua: AJ shortens for Sports Personality award after epic KO win

Anthony Joshua thought he had Wladimir Klitschko beaten in the fifth, but it took until the 11th round to stop the big Ukrainian
Anthony Joshua thought he had Wladimir Klitschko beaten in the fifth, but it took until the 11th round to stop the big Ukrainian
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In a fight full of drama and entertainment at Wembley Stadium last night, Anthony Joshua unified three heavyweight titles and is now odds-on favourite for this year's SPOTY...

"In the meantime, odds on the big man from Watford winning this year's Sports Personality of the Year have plunged into [1.49] from a previous high of [5.1], and he currently looks like the only sportsperson likely to win it."

In a night for the ages at Wembley Stadium in front of 90,000 fans, Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round after the referee deemed the big Ukrainian was unfit to continue.

It was a clash full of incident in which both men were on the canvas - Joshua felled Klitschko in the fifth before being tagged and dropped himself in the following round and looking like he might fail in his quest to add two more heavyweight title belts to the IBF strap he won after beating Charles Martin just over a year ago. After that knockdown he hit a high of [80.0] on Betfair's Exchange before fighting his way back into the bout.

AJ came on strong in the late rounds though, and was able to stop Klitschko after hammering him into submission before the referee stepped in.

Questions about who Joshua fights next have started already - if Tyson Fury can get himself fit and well then that's a logical next step not only for the two men but for boxing in general; Fury beat Klitschko on points himself in 2015 before being stripped of his titles for a number of disciplinary problems.

In the meantime, odds on the big man from Watford winning this year's Sports Personality of the Year have plunged into [1.49] from a previous high of [5.1], and he currently looks like the only sportsperson likely to win it - it's impossible to see anyone coming near him after Joshua's achievement.

He would be the first boxer to lift the accolade since Joe Calzaghe in 2007.

Luke Moore,

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