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What Hollywood's Toughest Had To Say From Ringside Seat As Anthony Joshua Knocks Out Wladimir Klitschko

'One of the most exciting fights I've ever seen.'

30/04/2017 09:36

One of Hollywood’s toughest figures joined 90,000 spectators at London’s Wembley Stadium to watch British boxer Anthony Joshua take on Wladimir Klitschko, in what was billed the country’s biggest boxing spectacle since World War II. 

Former bodybuilder turned film star turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger was ringside when Anthony Joshua recovered from being floored in the sixth round to knock out his rival in the 11th round, and secure the WBA world heavyweight title, to add to his IBF crown. 

 

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Arnie joined the 90,000-strong crowd at Wembley to see a home-grown victory for Anthony Joshua

Other famous faces in the crowd included retired footballer Rio Ferdinand, glamour girl Danielle Lloyd, former boxing champion Frank Bruno, and Peter Andre. 

Arnie later tweeted his congratulations to Anthony, and respect for both fighters.

One of the Chuckle Brothers, Barry, was apparently seen ringside with Jay-Z, but this picture was, sadly, later confirmed as fake. 

Following Anthony’s victory, London Mayor was seen helping hold his victory belt, and later tweeted his praise for the Watford-born champion. 

 

His stunning victory looks set to make Anthony Joshua British sport’s first billionaire. Last night’s win alone has secured him an estimated purse of £20million. 

  • Boxit Bootcamp
    Boxit bootcamp is just as you'd expect - it's got the intensity of a bootcamp class with a focus on boxing throughout. Basically, you're going to work up a sweat and there's no time to complain about it.

    If you've never done a boxing class before then don't worry, newbies are taken aside at the beginning of the class to go through the three simple boxing punches and combinations to make sure you're getting the technique right.

    The majority of the session is completed with a partner, although you'll be swapping and changing with anyone and everyone in the class. Oh, and don't be surprised if you're told to drop and do 10 burpees every now and then.

    Sessions are outside in the summer and inside in the cold winter.

    Price: £10 for a drop-in session or £70 for a block of 10. 
    Location: Clapham Common, south west London. 
    Website.
  • CityBoxer at The Ring
    CityBoxer's classes might seem intimidating at first glance because they're located at The Ring boxing club, with a boxing ring inside. Thankfully, they are precisely the opposite.

    They encourage men and women of all abilities to come to the 'Berserker Circuits' class and learn how to box, while having a great workout.

    The focus is definitely on technique, and seeing as every trainer is either a professional boxer or professional trainer licensed by British Boxing, you know you're getting top-notch advice. The 50-minute class starts off with you learning about techniques of sparring and punches, before ending on an intense HIIT circuit. 

    Price: £15 per class.
    Location: 70 Ewer St, Southwark, London SE1 0NR.
    Website.
  • Boxerina at Paola's BodyBarre
    Paola's BodyBarre's boxing class takes a unique twist, mixing ballet and boxing. If you're a fan of barre classes and want to push your muscles that little bit further, it'll be right up your street.

    The Boxerina class begins with the fitness studio's signature barre sequence to focus on your strength, core and flexibility (because let's be honest - we're all guilty of neglecting these in our own workouts).

    Next up are the sweat-inducing boxing circuits in pairs, where you work together completing a number of different combinations with short breaks in-between. It's high intensity, and probably not one for beginners.

    Side note: You'll leave feeling completely zonked but with a brilliant sense of satisfaction. 

    Price: £28 per class.
    Location: 70 Rosaline Rd, London SW6.
    Website.
  • Rumble At 1Rebel
    Rumble
    A cardio boxing class with mixed martial arts, 1Rebel’s Rumble will have you punching like nobody’s watching. The high-intensity class focuses on regular boxing combos, but there is plenty of time to kick the sh*t out of the bag. 

    There are regular cardio bursts to get your heart rate up such as burpees, mountain climbers and planks. Each person is stationed at their own punch bag. Tip: the class set-up can make it quite difficult to see the instructor, so don’t be afraid to head to the front row.

    The classes take place in the basement, with an underground fight club-vibe, powered by the playlist which is specially mixed by 1Rebel resident DJ.

    Faisal’s classes will have you working harder than you thought you could. 

    Be prepared to sweat, but don’t worry there are plenty of cold flannels in the changing room fridges to help you cool off after. 

    Price: £20 per class, but cheaper if you buy in bulk. A 'Rebel Pass' allows riders to commit to classes on a monthly basis.
    Location: Liverpool Street.
    Website.
  • KOBOX
    KOBOX
    Lights down, pads up, you’ll be hard set to find a class that gets you in the zone like KoBox. It’s like a nightclub, with pumping music, strobe lights and a lot of sweating.

    The class is essentially a boxing circuit class, the 60-minute class split between bag work (boxing combos) and strength training (anything from push ups to throwing medicine balls and running while hooked to a resistance band). 

    Each person in the class gets allocated a number which corresponds to a specific punch bag and ‘floor spot’ around the room, boxers then switch between the two stations. 

    You get free wraps with your first KoBox class to go underneath the gloves. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to wrap them, there are handy instructions flashing onscreen in the waiting area and if you can grab a staff member (things get hectic) they will be happy to help you. 

    Tip: This class is not for beginners. There are so many people in the class that, in our experience, the instructor is hard-pressed to make individual adjustments - so make sure you know what you’re doing so you don’t get an injury.

    Price: £25 first-timer deal (2 classes and a set of KoBox wraps), single class £20, but cheaper in bulk.
    Location: Unit 8-11 Kings Walk, 122 Kings Road, London SW3 4TR.
    Website.
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