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Anthony Joshua's trainer gave him a brilliant pep talk before 9th round vs Klitschko

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Boxing fans had high expectations ahead of Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko's fight at Wembley on Saturday - and boy did it deliver.

A relatively tame opening four rounds saw Joshua go hell for leather in the fifth, landing punch after punch and flooring his Ukrainian opponent with a brutal left hook.

Klitschko was in trouble - he had a nasty cut on his left eye - but after picking himself back up, Joshua looked exhausted and was unable to deliver the killer blow.

The sixth round was just as pulsating, with Joshua this time on the receiving end of a barrage of punches and falling to the canvas.

There were doubts before the fight about whether the 27-year-old could handle being hit, but come the 11th round, he showed exactly what he's about.

Joshua once again came out of the traps fast and after landing a huge uppercut to knock Klitschko down twice, the referee intervened to give the Brit victory by TKO.

Saturday's encounter will live long in the memory for boxing fans but any hopes of a rematch may have been dashed by Joshua himself.

"A rematch will be good, because of the type of fight we had," he told reporters. "I think he will want to fight again, because a fighter is the last one to know when to stop.

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"But I think the team around him, his [soon to be] wife, because they normally wear the trousers, and his brother might advise him differently."

In the days since Joshua and Klitschko's fight, various clips have gone viral on social media, such as Joshua telling the 41-year-old just before the 11th round stoppage that he was going to knock him out.

However, something happened just before the ninth round that went largely unnoticed.

In the footage below, Joshua's trainer, Rob McCracken, gave the now-unified world heavyweight champion a vital motivational pep talk that inspired his TKO. Check it out.

"JOSH, HE'S 41 AND HE'S TIRED!"

"Josh, he's 41 and he's tired! Don't mess about, come on," is what McCracken said to Joshua, who took on board his advice and secured victory two rounds later.

McCracken's words of wisdom came despite being convinced Joshua was going to lose in the sixth round. He said: "100% when he got knocked down. When he got hit with the biggest punch in his career.

"But we knew he could regroup and if he stayed with me and listened to me I would get him through it."

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