Anthony Joshua settled the biggest post-war boxing bout held on British soil by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in emphatic fashion in front of a 90,000 strong crowd.
The two titans squared off at Wembley Stadium watched on by the cream of Hollywood’s A-list.
The British fighter was floored in the sixth round but fought back to drop the Ukrainian with a devastating barrage of punches late in the eleventh round.
Klitschko returned to his feet for the third time in the fight but referee David Fields called a stop to the fight with the former champion unable to defend himself.
After a see-saw fight that saw both men hit the canvas, and middle rounds where it seemed the north Londoner was close to being stopped, Anthony Joshua rallied to stop his opponent in the 11th round.
An hellacious uppercut in the opening stanza of the penultimate round toppled Klitschko only for the gritty Ukranian to beat the count.
But following a sustained barrage of punches against the ropes from Joshua, the referee stepped in to wave the fight off, saving Klitschko from further punishment.
‘What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game,’ said Joshua. ‘I’m not perfect but I’m trying, and if you don’t take part, you’re going to fail.
‘As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout-out to Wladimir Klitschko.’
While the beaten Ukranian, 41, said: ‘I hope you enjoyed the fight.
‘The best man won tonight. And it’s an amazing event for boxing. Two gentleman fought each other and he was better today than I.
‘It’s really sad that I didnt make it tonight I was planning to do it but it didnt work. But all due respect to Anthony. Congratulations.’