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Anthony Joshua received a support like nothing else last night. The crowd were on that feet chanting 'Oh Anthony Joshua' to White Stripes' Seven Nation Army, and the cheers that erupted when he won via an 11th round stoppage were deafening.

Wladimir Klitschko earned further respect for not only the brilliant fight he gave AJ, but his conduct throughout the build-up, and the aftermath.

Both boxers had the crowd on their side, any winner would have been worthy to old the IBF, IBO and WBA world heavyweight titles.

Credit: Sky Sports / Twitter

One man who perhaps didn't have the crowd on his side was boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. The 37-year-old is the group managing director for his dad, Barry's, company, Matchroom Sport. The Hearn's between them dominate the working class sport scene: darts, snooker and, of course, boxing.

Eddie's role in the company is to fulfil the company's deal with Sky Sports to show at least 20 fights through to 2021 - he also has promoted boxers such as Lee Selby, Kell Brook, Tony Bellew, Anthony Crolla, Jamie McDonnell, Scott Quigg, James DeGale, Luis Ortiz, Khalid Yafai and Anthony Joshua.

In fact, he rates AJ so much, three years ago when he was on the undercard of George Groves v Carl Froch rematch, also at Wembley, he made this prediction.


Oh how he was right.

But, as with most promoters, who try to rinse the event for everything it's worth, their popularity can be a little stunted.

After the fight, AJ showed his class in respected for Klitschko and the feeling was definitely mutual.

"But congratulations to Anthony, he got up, he fought back, and he won the titles," said the 41-year-old Klitschko.

The appreciation from the crowd, for his humility, was clearly heard after he finished his speech. The Sky Sports Box Office ring reporter then turned his attention to Eddie Hearn.

Credit: Twitter / Sky Sports

Eddie, clearly wasn't too keen to speak, even shaking his head at one point as the boos began to ring around Wembley Stadium.

"You don't need to hear from me, they don't want to hear from me," came his response.

I'm sure the money he's made from the box office event though will mean those boos are insignificant for him.

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Michael Minay

Mike Minay is a trending journalist at LADbible. He’s co-ordinated interviews with some of the big names from the world of news and sport including ITV’s Robert Peston, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and darts champion Michael van Gerwen. His reporting days began on University radio in Birmingham, before moving to BBC Sport Online – creating content for large events such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. Mike still commentates on Football League matches at the weekend. A Manchester LAD at heart.

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