Anthony Joshua was hailed as "the biggest star in British sport and the biggest star in world boxing" after his exhilarating world heavyweight title triumph over Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday sky-rocketed him into the global sporting elite.
Joshua flew at Klitschko from the bell in round 10 and landed a crisp right to partisan roars, while the session ended with his foe crunching a brilliant short right to stop the 27-year-old in his tracks.
Klitschko has now lost his last two fights, albeit over a space of 16 months. "A massive shout-out to Wladimir Klitschko for taking the fight".
Klitschko was already coming off a tough loss when he entered the ring, a twelve round decision that he dropped to Tyson Fury in a major upset in November 2015.
"In this small little ring there's nowhere to hide. Great fight! #bigupyourself", he said.
Scores at the time of the stoppage: 96-93, 95-93 Joshua, 95-93 for Klitschko. The Associated Press had it 94-94 going into the final round. It was certainly the best heavyweight fight in recent years. "From that moment, I think I should have done more straight after he went down", he said. "As I said, I'm not flawless but I'm trying", Joshua told the cheering crowd from the ring. Anyone can do this, anyone can do it, just give it a go.
He scrambled off his knees but it did not look as if he would see the eighth round, uncharted territory for the Briton who had won all his previous fights within seven.
On Sunday morning, the boxer thanked his fans for the support, offered further congratulations to Joshua and said that he "really enjoyed the fight", despite the end result.
"That was incredible.wow. what a way to get back up and knock him out". He recovered through the rounds. "It didn't work. But all respect to Anthony".
"I'm just happy that, after a lot of hype and expectation around this fight, it lived up to it all".
That would set up a unification fight with Joshua, and there's no doubt they would sell-out Wembley Stadium.
Round five saw Joshua put Klitschko down on his knees with a strong left hand, but the Ukrainian veteran responded with a number of uppercuts which left his English opponent on the ropes.
Joshua barely managed to finish the round, and was still wobbly in the seventh.
Klitschko got up but was on unsteady legs and began swinging wildly.
He was up at eight and immediately had to duck a big left from Klitschko before surviving the round.
Klitschko fell to 64-5 in a long career that began in 1996 after he won the Olympic gold in Atlanta.style="text-align: center;"