The feud between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua went up another notch on Sunday after the self-styled "Gypsy King" said he was ready to "spank" the current champion.
"I did say in the build-up that when he gets caught by hard, clean shot, it could be a problem, but he answered that by being put on the floor". "Come on - that's what they want to see".
What was hailed as the biggest fight night ever staged in a British ring, watched by the biggest crowd for a boxing show in Britain for 78 years, lived up to its billing as Joshua survived a knockdown for the first time in his professional career in the sixth round?
Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis said: "Crackin' Fight!"
Somehow, though, he managed to find his legs and keep Klitschko away before mounting a counter-attack in the 11th round that won the fight in spectacular fashion. Though the win came with some anxious moments for the hometown fans, it also established Joshua as a superstar in the making who just might be the fighter who can make boxing must-see TV once again. Without that, you'll never go on and do great things in the sport.
However, despite also revealing the exhaustion he had to overcome to win such a defining and entertaining fight, he insisted it did not represent his peak.
British boxer Anthony Joshua maintained his impressive knockout record after he knocked out his Ukranian opponent Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to claim the WBA crown. I'm exhausted just watching. "It didn't work. But all respect to Anthony".
He added: "There's been many a time in training when we go into the 11th round and trainer Rob McCracken has said "all right, next one" and I'm exhausted but I know I have to keep it up because I have to go the distance". A massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko for taking the fight.
Joshua said after his defeat of the 41-year-old Klitschko - who has already said he will only fight on in the event of a rematch - that his victory did not match the high of winning Olympic gold at London 2012. "You've got tunnel vision and after the fight, you can embrace everyone".
First, though, Joshua must come to the USA and expose himself to American boxing fans in at least one fight, possibly two.
On his win, which Joshua had to dig deep to claim, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist added: "I'm not ideal but I'm trying".
"The best man won tonight, and it's a wonderful moment for boxing", Klitschko said after the fight.