The new, young and ever-smiling British world champion against the veteran Ukrainian gentleman who until recently reigned over the marquee heavyweight division had caught the public imagination even more vividly than Our 'Enery Cooper's tilt at Muhammad Ali nee Cassius Clay and Frank Bruno's persistence in finally winning his world title.
The millions watching on television in 140 countries around the world – including Americans on both their giant cable networks – saw England's national stadium in all is finery.
While most of the 90,000 in the English national stadium had been cheering on Joshua, she proudly backed her other half when he stepped into the spotlight.
The Hollywood actress looked a far cry away from Saturday night's glamour when she took centre stage to watch her partner in the ring.
Neither Joshua nor Klitschko had left the so much as the tiniest detail to chance in their preparations. Joshua was coming to the threshold from IBF heavyweight title-holder to potential greatness, Klitschko bidding to extend a glittering career by joining the elite pantheon of three-time world heavyweight champions.
The first growl from the stadium's throat came as pictures of Joshua having his hands wrapped appeared on the giant screens.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was spotted in the crowd along with former England captain Rio Ferdinand, ex world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno and glamour model Danielle Lloyd. He's a role model in and out of the ring and I've got nothing but love and respect for anyone who steps in the ring.'While the beaten Ukranian, 41, said to rapturous applause: 'I hope you enjoyed the fight.'The best man won tonight. Two gentleman fought each other and he was better today than I.'It's really sad that I didn't make it tonight I was planning to do it but it didn't work. Congratulations.'Within minutes of his victory, Deontay Wilder the brash American champion holding his own version of the heavyweight belt said he would relish the chance to get into the ring with Joshua. 'I have a rematch clause in the contract which I can execute at certain times and right now I will not be making any decisions.'If I'm going to fight it'll be a rematch, of course.' Anthony Joshua came back from a darkening place in Wembley Stadium into the dazzling light of heavyweight greatness as he ended the Klitschko heavyweight era.
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 defeat his opponent in the 11th round. He said: 'It sounds so lovely.'Speaking after the match, he said: 'I am not going to consider anything or be making any statements right now.'It's too early. Already the people's hero in this, his homeland, the young British lion gained a whole new planet of admirers as he stopped the legendary Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of an epic world heavyweight title war.
Fans queued for autographs from the boxer as they showed their support for him as he remains among the world’s leading heavyweights.The perceived wisdom had been that Joshua would win early or Klitschko late.It was heading that way until the Joshua lightning struck.She swapped her eye-catching emerald green ensemble for a snug woolly white jumper buttoned to the top teamed with a pair of skinny blue jeans.The Heroes starlet swept her golden tresses into a top knot but styled huge sunglasses which covered her pretty features.WBC champion Denontay Wilder was also an intense observer at ringside.