Anthony Joshua has challenged Wladimir Klitschko to “stand up to the power” after the Ukrainian branded him only “a puncher” in the run up Saturday’s bout.Klitschko, who is entering his 29th world title fight, revealed on Thursday he has made a video of his prediction for their heavyweight bout at Wembley.
That has been saved on a memory stick which will be sewn into his robe.
“It’s strategy,” said Joshua, 27. “An attempt at a mind game. I didn’t take it the way he wanted to express it.”
Former heavyweight champion Klitschko, 41, will auction his robe – and its contents – for charity after the Wembley Stadium super fight for Joshua’s IBF title and the vacant WBA belt.
At a news conference free of the antics seen at many pre-fight gatherings, he told BBC Radio 5 live: “Don’t ask me what’s on the stick. Only one person will know about it. If that person wants to put it on social media, then the world will know.”
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The pair will meet in front of an expected 90,000 fans, a post-war record for a UK boxing match.
Neither man has spoken negatively about their rival during the build-up, but Klitschko broke rank briefly on Thursday, saying Joshua is no more than a “puncher” while adding that he himself is “a boxer who can punch”.
The Ukrainian added: “I am the winner, already before the event. Even if it is his home, I’m taking it as my event and my fight, my win.”
Joshua, who has had 18 professional fights compared to Klitschko’s 68, responded: “If I couldn’t box I wouldn’t be here. I may not be the best but what I do good, I do brilliantly. That’s got me here.
“If he claims to be the better boxer so be it, but when I start punching you in your jaw, you best stand up to the power. This is just another stepping stone towards greatness.”
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Klitschko – who shouted “fake news” at one reporter when asked about a rumoured eye-socket injury – is bidding to regain two of the three major titles he lost to Tyson Fury in his last outing in 2015.
He admits being introduced as the challenger still feels “weird” but pointed to his experience, stating he had been involved in boxing for the 27 years Joshua has been alive.
Victory for the Ukrainian would see him become a three-time heavyweight champion, like his retired brother Vitali, who believes Joshua is complacent in his approach.
“I’ve never seen my brother so concentrated,” said Vitali.
“I want to say that Joshua is a great fighter, great skills, but he has never been at such a high level. He looks relaxed, like it will be easy. It will not be.
“After I was told about the fight I studied Joshua and I was happy. He has the right style for Wladimir, a good opponent.”
Joshua enters Saturday’s fight with 18 knockout wins in his 18 matches, while Klitschko boasts a record of 64 wins – 53 by KO – and four defeats.
With the big heavyweight showdown between IBF champion Klitschko vs Joshua Live just over a week away, HBO’s Fight Game with Jim Lampley turned an eye to that bout this week.Showtime will air Joshua-Klitschko live in the United States on Saturday afternoon, April 29, while HBO will have a same-day replay later that evening, as both networks have deals with the fighters — Joshua with SHO, and Klitschko with HBO.
IBF champion Joshua, 27, made his second title defence against Eric Molina in Manchester.And he will now put his belt on the line against the division’s dethroned king on home soil.Klitschko has not fought since losing his titles to Brit Tyson Fury in Germany in 2015.Hughie Fury believes Wladimir Klitschko will beat Anthony Joshua and hopes to then meet the Ukrainian with three world heavyweight titles on the line.
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Klitschko lost the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles in a shock points defeat to Hughie’s cousin, Tyson Fury in November 2015, and has been kept inactive since, in the longest lay-off of his career.Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs), 41, was left frustrated after Tyson Fury twice pulled out of a rematch and then claimed to be suffering from depression.In the meantime, Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) has emerged as a challenger and faces WBO champion Joseph Parker in New Zealand on May 6.Klitschko, who reigned for over nine years until Tyson beat him, can regain his old IBF and WBA belts if he beats Hughie’s fellow Briton Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on April 29.Klitschko might be the betting underdog against 27-year-old knockout machine Joshua, but Hughie believes he can silence the London crowd and upset the odds.
“Joshua is too soon for this fight and I think Klitschko is hungrier for it,” Fury told ESPN. “Don’t get me wrong, I hope Joshua wins, but I think Klitschko will win as it’s way too soon for Joshua.”Klitschko is too experienced and you can’t buy that experience he has. Tyson beat him because Klitschko couldn’t control what he was doing inside and outside of the ring. He didn’t know what he was going to say or do in the ring.”With Joshua, Klitschko has got him contained and a man like that is dangerous. 100 per cent, Klitschko will win it. Joshua has got power and has been knocking everyone out, but Klitschko is really smart and uses his distance really well.”Klitschko is hungry after getting beat by Tyson and he wants to make a statement. I think we will see a new Klitschko.”
Hughie, 22, heads to New Zealand next week for his world title shot and as Parker’s first challenger after Tyson Fury gave up the Klitschko vs Joshua belt due to mental health problems. Hughie believes the winner of his fight will move on to face the victor of Joshua-Klitschko.”I want to win this fight and then fight Klitschko or Joshua because I want all the belts, I don’t want to fight nobodies.”
Anthony Joshua is just days away from a world heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko in front of the largest British boxing crowd for nearly 80 years but the Briton says he would rather be facing former champion Tyson Fury.Fury beat Klitschko in 2015, handing the Ukrainian his first loss in 11 years, to become the IBO, WBA, IBF and WBO champion.However, he relinquished his titles the following year after his license was suspended pending investigation for doping and medical issues.
Joshua, who became the IBF world heavyweight champion after beating Charles Martin in April 2016, is unbeaten in 18 bouts and will fight Klitschko, who has not fought professionally since his loss to Fury, at Wembley on April 29.”I think Tyson Fury is the biggest fight for me,” Joshua told British media from his training camp in Sheffield.”If it were up to me, that would have been the fight happening this summer … I was planning for a massive showdown with Tyson Fury, but he had other plans and I just had to carry on. When he returns, I’m sure I’ll still be here.”Joshua knows a fight with Fury will bring in the big money (Getty)Joshua and Fury traded barbs on Twitter last week after the former champ called Joshua “a poor man’s Frank Bruno,” a reference to the former British WBC and European heavyweight champion.
“Twitter is about Joshua vs Klitschko Live communication and it’s just communicating,” Joshua said. “He addresses me and Tweets me quite often and I was just in the frame of mind where I thought me and Klitschko don’t have much verbals, so let me respond to Fury.”
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If he’s an all-time great then why is he worrying about who is behind him? You should focus on your future,” the 27-year-old said.Katie Taylor will face Nina Meinke in an eliminator for the WBA World Lightweight title on April 29 at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Irish amateur star Taylor has taken to the paid ranks in style since her debut in November, racing to 4-0 with two wins inside the distance and wowing crowds on huge fight nights in London and Manchester, and the 30 year old will support Joshua for the second time in her blossoming pro career and can land her first pro title into the bargain with the WBA Inter-Continental strap up for grabs.
Meinke claimed her first silverware in her last fight when she blasted away Hasna Tukic in one round in March to pick up the IBF Youth Super-Featherweight title, and the 23 year old German, trained by former World champion Sven Ottke, is no stranger to the UK having boxed out of the Westway ABC in Scarborough as a teenager.Taylor’s addition to the blockbuster night sees her become the fourth Olympic gold medal winner on the card, joining fellow London 2012 winners Joshua and Luke Campbell MBE, while Klitschko claimed gold in the Atlanta games in 1996. Campbell faces former World Lightweight champion Darleys Perez, who represented Columbia in the 2008 Beijing games, making it eight Olympians in total after Team GB’s Rio trio of Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly were added last week. “It’s a massive fight for me on a massive night of boxing,” said Taylor. “I’ve only been a professional for five months and already been lucky enough to box on some huge events but Wembley Stadium on the Joshua – Klitschko card is going to be something else again.
“I’ve watched Meinke and she’s a very strong opponent. She’s unbeaten so it’s a step up for me and I’m sure she’ll be very confident. It’s obviously a massive opportunity for both of us being a world title eliminator and it’s my first scheduled 10 round fight so I’m relishing the challenge. I’ve been working very hard Klitschko vs Joshua Live Streamout here in Connecticut in training camp so I’ll be in great shape come fight night and I’m just really looking forward to it now and being part of such a historic event.” “This is a huge step up for Katie on a massive night of boxing,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “No disrespect to her previous opponents but Meinke is on another level and has operated and been victorious on the big stage. In just four fights, Katie has established herself as the most exciting female fighter on the planet but now we get the chance to see if she is ready for the World stage.”
Taylor’s clash with Meinke is part of a historic night of action on the sold-out blockbuster battle between IBF king Joshua and former lineal World ruler Klitschko, with the WBA and IBO straps also up for grabs, while former World Super-Bantamweight king Scott Quigg continues his quest to become a two-weight champion by facing Viorel Simion at Featherweight, Campbell and Perez clash for the number one spot in the WBA, and Okolie, Cordina and Kelly will draw lots to see who kicks off the historic night.
“If I was the greatest of all time I would never worry about who is behind me. I’m leading the way.”The WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles will be on the line when the two meet at Wembley Stadium in front of a 90,000 sell-out crowd.
But the night will also be made worthwhile by a mouth-watering undercard featuring some of Britain’s most exciting talents.The gates will open at Wembley Stadium at 5.30pm with the opening fight scheduled to start at 6.30pm.It means the main event between Joshua and Klitschko is supposed to start at 10pm but that will depend on the smooth progress of the undercard as always.The entire night is available via pay-per-view in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office while the US rights have been sold to CBS’ Showtime service.However, the early parts of the undercard are often shown for free before the channel is encrypted meaning regular Sky Sports subscribers should be able to see at least some boxing Klitschko vs Joshua Liveaction on the night without forking out for the pay-per-view.