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Summary

  1. Anthony Joshua stops Wladimir Klitschko in 11th round of epic fight
  2. Briton retains IBF world heavyweight crown and secures WBA belt
  3. Resurgent Joshua knocked Klitschko down twice in 11th round
  4. Joshua down in sixth round after Klitschko right hook
  5. Joshua also put Klitschko down in fifth
  6. Joshua roared on by 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

How enjoyable was that? I absolutely loved it. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Remember, the fight will be replayed on the hour, every hour, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 06:00 BST up until 10:00 BST.

Thank you for joining us and for all your comments.

The report is up on the BBC Sport website and stay across the website over the next couple of days for all the reaction pieces.

We will end our coverage there, on an unforgettable night for Anthony Joshua and an unforgettable night for boxing.

Until next time, bye for now.

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'You are a boxer's dream'

Speaking of Fury...

@anthonyfjoshua challenge accepted. We will give the world 🌎 the biggest fight in a 500 years. I will play with u. You are a boxers dream.

Where next for Joshua?

Well, probably another sell-out at Wembley with 90,000 boxing fans watching.

Wladimir Klitschko says he has a rematch clause in the contract, but will he ever exercise it? Is the boxing legend finished with the sport after that one?

If Klitschko is done, then surely it will be one of only three other fighters to be standing opposite Joshua next.

Tyson Fury, if he gets himself in shape, or one of the two men to hold other versions of world titles - American Deontay Wilder, the WBC title holder or New Zealander Joseph Parker, the WBO champion.

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'It doesn't get much better'

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter at Wembley Stadium

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Anthony Joshua is still in there. Selfies galore, chanting, joy.

American boxing writer Dan Rafael says: "It doesn't get much better than that. I'm glad I made this trip."

What a privilege to be ringside. Truly epic on all fronts. My ears are ringing from the roars.

'Great radio'

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with 11th-round stoppage

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Huge thanks to @bbc5live for brilliant coverage of tonight's epic @anthonyfjoshua v Klitschko fight. Great champion. Great radio.

Lineker loved it

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage

So gripping was the fight that all 3 of us in the @BBCMOTD studio jumped up when @anthonyfjoshua won. At least it was during a match edit.

'Will to win the most impressive thing'

BBC Radio 5 live

Some more quotes from Anthony Joshua's trainer Rob McCracken on 5 live, who was asked if there was any point he thought his man was going to lose.

"100% when he got knocked down (in the sixth), when he got hit with the biggest punch in his career," says McCracken. "But we knew he could regroup and if he stayed with me and listened to me I would get him through it. 

"We have drilled him for 12 weeks. He has hated it but I have been lucky - this is the stuff dreams are made of. 

"His will to win and determination has been the most impressive thing for us. He was getting mobbed a bit in the ring at the end but he is a great person. No-one deserves it more than AJ."

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Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with 11th-round stoppage

Meer Shah: Crikey! An action-packed match all round with a victory for @anthonyfjoshua. The fight of his life, well fought.

Robert Tufnell: Best fight I've ever seen! Really hoping for a Joshua VS Fury fight next.

Paul Mulligan: Surprised two judges had #Joshua ahead. I made it all square before 11 - as close a fight as I've seen. 

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'Amazing'

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage.

Former world number one golfer Lee Westwood had good seats at Wembley Stadium.

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Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with 11th-round stoppage

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Want to listen to that again? I don't blame you.

Luckily, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra has come to your rescue as they will be replaying the whole fight in its entirety on every hour from 06:00 BST to 10:00 BST.

Want to listen to the fight four more times? Well, now is your chance.

'Fights are won in the gym'

BBC Radio 5 live

More from Anthony Joshua on BBC Radio 5 live: "There's been many a time in training when we go into the 11th round and Rob McCracken has said 'all right, next one' and I'm tired but I know I have to keep it up because I have to go the distance.

"I showed tonight that fights are won in the gym. It gets tough and boxing isn't easy. You have to have the whole package."

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'I came to hurt him'

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Anthony Joshua on Radio 5 live: "I knew it was possible to hurt him but I am learning round by round. I'm learning under the bright lights. 

"I don't come to box, I come to hurt people. With all due respect, I came to hurt him. 

"At the end of the day, I figured out what I had to do and got him done. 

"I'm going back to my council flat with my family to eat some good food. I'm not going anywhere. I'm coming back to Wembley. For the first time here, thank you and for the second I'll look forward to seeing you here again."

'Joshua has a great chin'

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Promoter Eddie Hearn on BBC Radio 5 live: "There's a lot of hype in this sport but they delivered. There were points when I thought it was over for both fighters but Joshua came roaring back from somewhere. 

"He has a great chin - we didn't know that before but we do now - and he has a heart like a lion.

"He was hit by the kitchen sink by one of the hardest hitters in the heavyweight division, and he took everything and came back to win."

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'Joshua now a global star'

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Promoter Eddie Hearn on BBC Radio 5 live: "To go down on the floor and then get up and beat a great champion to win one of the best heavyweight fights of all time is sensational.

"He's proved he has charisma, heart, speed and power and he will entertain not only the British public but the public around the world for years to come."

'We believed it would happen'

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage

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Joshua's trainer Rob McCracken: "He had to come back from the knockdown to regroup but he rallied and it's a testament to Anthony's ability.

"We got to four rounds to go and knew we needed every round and then by round 11 Klitschko was really slowing up. Joshua found the shots - he always does. 

"There were times where he showed his inexperience but he learned and showed he isn't just a prospect. He can turn around fights and that will help him so much in his career.

"We believed it would happen in round 11 or round 12. 

"He showed heart and courage. He answered a lot of questions tonight."

The Terminator is impressed

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had a ringside seat at Wembley Stadium... and has loved it.

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David Corless: Wow. Hats off @anthonyfjoshua: Heart. Desire. Pride. Klitchsko? The same. Best fight in years..

Jonathan Bradshaw: Thanks #bbcboxing for your amazing coverage of #joshuaklitschko - Had to follow on the app as in the USA but you did a great job.

Jon Salinger: Where does that fight rank in Heavyweight boxing history? Has to be in the Top 10!

'The best man won'

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage

Any talk of Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury may have to be shelved for a bit, as Wladimir Klitschko says he has a rematch clause to fight Joshua again.

However, the Ukrainian does add that he needs to take some time to "figure out" what happened. He is 41 and now lost his last two fights, albeit over a space of 16 months. Will we see him in a ring again?

Speaking to Sky Sports, he added:"The best man won tonight and it's a massive event for boxing.

"Two gentleman fought each other. Anthony was better today. It's really sad I didn't make it tonight. I was planning to do it, it didn't work. But all the respect to Anthony, congratulations." 

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'Let's dance'

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage

Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury.

Tyson Fury is not backing down from the challenge. But, let's be honest, you wouldn't expect him to would you?

Wellldone @anthonyfjoshua good fight, you had life & death with @klitschko & I played with the guy, let's dance 💃

Wellldone @anthonyfjoshua good fight, you had life & death with @klitschko & I played with the guy, let's dance 💃

'Punches from the depths of his soul'

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley Stadium

In a contest like that, there comes a time in a boxer's life where no amount of training or sparring will help.

There comes a time where it comes from within. It is DNA or whatever you want to call it. 

Those punches came from the depths of his soul. 

'Exhaustion'

Steve Bunce

Boxing pundit on BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley Stadium

It's been a long time since we have seen two men push themselves to absolute exhaustion. 

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Joshua wants Fury

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage

Anthony Joshua has just called out Tyson Fury, who also beat Klitschko - on points in November 2015 - but has not fought since.

"Tyson Fury, where you at baby?" asks Joshua.

"Come on, is that what you want to see? I enjoy fighting. I love fighting. Tyson Fury I know he has been talking a lot and wants to come back and compete.

"I want to give 90,000 people another chance to come back and watch some boxing here," shouts out the three-belt champion.

'I'm not perfect but I'm trying'

Anthony Joshua speaking to Sky Sports: 

"What can I say? 19-0, three and a half years in the game. As I said, 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." 

Three belts for AJ now

Not only does Anthony Joshua retain the IBF World Heavyweight Championship, he also gets the WBA and IBO titles. Not a bad day's work. A tough day's work, mind.

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'The fight no-one predicted'

Steve Bunce

Boxing pundit on BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley Stadium

Without doubt, the fifth round was something we have never seen and still the best round we have had on 5 live ever. 

And then we had the sensational sixth where we thought the novice's reign was over. 

This is the fight absolutely no-one predicted.

Anthony Joshua beats Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th-round stoppage

How much heart did @Klitschko show in this fight? Gotta respect it. Hold ur head high brother! #joshuaklitschko

'Amazing'

If Sugar Ray Leonard says it was 'amazing' then you have to think it was a little bit special.

Such an amazing fight with 2 great fighters. Lot of heart by both fighters. A lot of questions answered by @anthonyfjoshua #JoshuaKlitchsko

'Joshua had to knock him out'

Steve Bunce

Boxing pundit on BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley Stadium

It was an absolute masterclass from Klitschko. He was bobbing and weaving all the way through. 

I had Klitschko ahead the whole way and Joshua knew it - he knew he had to go for the knock out. 

It was split on the scorecards

Some interesting news from the judges' scorecards. After 10 rounds, two had Joshua ahead, one by 96-93 and one by 95-93, while the other judge had Klitschko 95-93 ahead.

But, all that is irrelevant now as Joshua got the job done inside the distance.

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'Epic display from both men'

Ronald McIntosh

BBC Radio 5 live boxing commentator at Wembley Stadium

What an epic display of determination and guts from both fighters. 

Joshua was put on the floor for the first time in his career and he got through that test.

We have to ask, is it the end of the road for Klitschko or do we want to see it again? 

What a contest

The younger, fitter, fresher man is the winner, but boy, oh boy, did Anthony Joshua have to dig deep for that one.

They will be talking about this fight for years, for decades, to come.

Joshua wins with an 11th round stoppage. An incredible night at Wembley Stadium.

'Joshua a true champion'

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley Stadium

Absolutely incredible 11th round. 

No-one could have predicted Klitschko coming out with the movement he did and no-one could have predicted what may have happened in that round.

Incredible. Joshua can barely stand but that is the sign of a true champion. 

Joshua wins - what a finish

Round 11

Unbelievable. Unbelievable. Unbelievable. Anthony Joshua was floored in the sixth and was in more trouble than at any point in his career.

The carnage in round 11 starts within seconds of the bell. Klitschko gets knocked down, he gets up, he gets knocked down again, he gets up again, then a torrent of punches from Joshua sees the referee jump in to stop the contest.

Joshua does it. Joshua wins. What a night.

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The referee stops it....

Round 11

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Round 11

Round 11

Klitschko gets up again, but Joshua steps on the gas. Left, right, left right, left right...