Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko as it happened: Champion delivers stunning stoppage in eleventh

Live Blog

Re-live updates from the world heavyweight title fight at Wembley

Anthony Joshua meets Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday night in an eagerly-anticipated world heavyweight title bout.

Live Updates

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko from Wembley Stadium.
 
We're in position at the arena for what promises to be a memorable night of boxing, with Britain's golden boy going up against one of the sport's greatest-ever names.
 
Joshua, IBF champion, is competing to add the WBA and IBO belts to his collection, while Klitschko wants all three back having lost them to Tyson Fury 18 months ago.
 
Stay with us for build-up...

What time does it start?

Joshua and Klitschko are expected to begin their entrances to the ring at approximately 9.25pm BST, with the fight set to start around 10.00pm BST.
Who will win at Wembley?
There's a poll at the top of this blog which allows you to predict your winner.
 
We did the same yesterday and the result may surprise you... 
 
Our resident boxing correspondent, the best in the business, Steve Bunce, picked out three things Joshua must show if he is to come away victorious tonight. 
 
Which of these is most likely to be part of Anthony Joshua's grand entrance?
There's a lot of numbers surrounding this fight and not all of them are on cheques.
 
Here's our own Luke Brown with a statistical breakdown...
 
There's your boy... 
 
Here's Buncey again, this time focusing on the challenger. It feels strange calling him a 'challenger', but then Klitschko finds himself in a strange place tonight.
 
We're expecting ring entrances any moment now. It's almost time...
 
Last-minute thoughts, before they enter?
 
For me, this is tight. We've explained our reasoning in our predictions piece, but I either see Joshua blowing Klitschko away early or this lasting the distance, possibly with a Klitschko victory on points.
 
That's a fence-sitting position, granted, but I think it's a sensible one. If I had to pick right now, it'd be Klitschko.
Newsflash everybody, Deontay Wilder's here and speaking on Sky.
 
Any chance of him jumping in the ring after it's all said and done?
Not long now. Just time to read a fine, hype-bursting piece by Martin Hines
 
Tony Bellew's 'talking tactics' on Sky, explaining what our Anthony needs to do to conquer Dr Steelhammer.
 
If all else fails, could always just hope his Achilles goes, eh Tone?
OK, let's revise our timings. It turns out we're running a little late.
 
'Sweet Caroline', one of the greatest folk numbers ever recorded, has just started playing, meaning we're not far away, but we're probably waiting a bit longer for the two to make their entrances.
 
How about a final piece from 'Big Daddy' Bunce to tide us over? 
 
Scrap that.
 
Michael Buffer's ready to rumble, here comes Klitschko...
It's a rather reserved walk-in, nothing like what we saw for Froch vs Groves here three years ago.
 
Klitscko's out to the tune of Red Hot Chilli Peppers' 'Can't Stop'. By the end of the night, he might wish he had.
Here comes the home favourite...
So, it is Stormzy and 'Shut Up'. Or as real heads know, 'Functions on the Low'. Erm, yeah anyway...
 
AJ's entrance switches into that all-conquering monolith 'Seven Nation Army' and then Biggy's 'Juicy', which I've never had down as a blood pumper, but there you go.
 
He stands between two flaming initials - 'A' and 'J' - we get a few fireworks and then he's in the ring.
 
Nothing too grand, there's business to be done.
Ukrainian national anthem now.
 
Loud, long boos from the home crowd. Stay classy, etc.

When is it?

The fight will take place on Saturday 29 April at Wembley in London.

What time will it start?

Joshua and Klitschko are expected to begin their entrances to the ring at approximately 9.25pm, with the fight itself starting at 10.00pm.

Where can I watch it?

The main event and the undercard will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Alternatively, you can bookmark this article, which will become The Independent’s live blog.

Who’s on the undercard?

Scott Quigg vs Viorel Simion
WBA international featherweight title

Luke Campbell vs Darleys Perez

Katie Taylor vs Nina Meinke

Lawrence Okolie vs Russ Henshaw

Joe Cordina vs Sergej Vib

Josh Kelly vs Faheem Khan

What are their records?

Wins, wins by knockout, losses, draws

Joshua: W18 KO18 L0 D0

Klitschko: W64 KO53 L4 D0

What’s on the line?

Joshua is the reigning IBF world heavyweight title holder, a belt that Klitschko lost in defeat to Tyson Fury in November 2015.

Fury was subsequently stripped of the belt after failing to fight mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov. Charles Martin, who beat Glazkov, then lost his first defence of the belt to Joshua.

The WBA (Super) and vacant IBO world heavyweight titles, both previously held by Fury, will also be on the line.

Who will win?

 

What are the odds?

Odds provided by 888.com

Joshua: 11/25

Klitschko: 15/8

Joshua points: 11/2

Joshua stoppage: 7/10

Klitschko points: 6/1

Klitschko stoppage: 7/2