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Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko: ‘Memory stick mind games won’t faze me’

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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‘When I start punching you…’

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.”

Vitali measured up AJ

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.

 

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Klitschko vs Joshua Live: Who gets the nod in a close fight?

The Londoner faces the Ukrainian all-time great in what ranks Klitschko vs Joshua Live as one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.A capacity crowd of 90,000 will cram into Wembley Stadium to see the scrap for Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title and the vacant WBA strap.The bout has also caused a huge stir in the US; the two major premium cable networks HBO and Showtime negotiated for three months over who will get to show the fight between two Europeans live.

Event: Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua
Date: 29th April
Venue: Wembley  Stadiam,London
TV Info: klitschkkovsjoshulive.us

Joshua said: “Boxing in Vegas used to be my dream but not any more because it’s so good here.Britain is always overlooked. People said, ‘You have to go to America to be respected’.No, not any more. You come here, you come and fight us. That’s what I like and it’s amazing how the tables have turned.

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“British boxing is booming at the minute. And not just me, the younger fighters coming up are phenomenal fighters as well.”Joshua has an exclusive deal with Showtime in America while HBO and Klitschko have a similar agreement in place. It means that, for only the third time in history, the pair have reached a dual- broadcast agreement, with Showtime airing the fight live and HBO showing it on tape-delay a few hours later at American primetime.

The only other fights for which a similar deal had been struck were the record-breaking clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in 2015 and Lennox Lewis’ grudge match with Mike Tyson in 2002.Joshua added: “Look at the deal they just managed to pull off in America with HBO and Showtime.“I haven’t even had to have a fight in America, so I don’t think it’s that important to have to go to America to make it bigger than what it is already.“It speaks for itself. Lewis-Tyson was in Memphis, Pacquiao- Mayweather was in Las Vegas. I’ve never fought in America and they have done a deal for the third time in history. It shows how massive British boxing is.”
But Klitschko, 41, has warned Joshua – winner of all his 18 professional fights by knockout – that his role as British boxing’s golden boy puts Klitschko vs Joshua him under “unbelievable” pressure for their big showdown.Klitschko said: “I’m considered food for the lions, so he needs to eat that food or break his teeth.“I understand that I am the underdog in this fight and, like he described me, old and over the hill.“So there is a lot of pressure on him. He needs to knock me out, as he promised it.”Anthony Joshua, 6ft 6in tall and 17st 8lb of prime heavyweight chiselled like an Adonis, is sitting on the apron of a training ring at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield and has spread his wingspan of 82 inches along the ropes. After a two-hour workout in which he skips majestically and athletically, hauls his huge frame with repeated pull-ups to the height of a basketball hoop, and completes his thumping pad work with trainer Rob McCracken, he is soaked in his own sweat, which drips into a pool beneath him. Massive hands, delicate, long fingers. These are the weapons, the 27-year-old relates to Telegraph Sport, with which he will “unleash hell” on the ageing, 41-year-old former world champion Wladimir Klitschko next Saturday in front of 90,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium. This is the reckoning time for the young Londoner, who sees it as “a 50-50 fight”.

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After 3½ years as a professional, building a record of 18 fights and 18 one-sided knockouts, the fighter who claimed Olympic gold in 2012 as a neophyte, and his first world title last year in his 16th contest, now faces the formidable Klitschko, his first elite opponent. Joshua has never been beyond seven rounds and this is the test of whether he is ‘the real deal’.“It’s a 50-50 fight,” admits Joshua. “He thinks it’s a 50-50, too, but I’m just confident I can beat him and that puts the odds in my favour.”Asked how Joshua envisages the fight progressing, he pauses. Taking up the commentary, he explains: “We come out. He comes out fast. I think he likes to take the centre of the ring – he has that ring generalship. He tries to feint, feint, feint, come in and establish that jab early and try to bring that hook round the side to set up that right hand.

 “I stay relaxed and analyse everything he’s trying to do. I finally find myself and my rhythm. I’m not a fighter that just goes out there throwing shots. It could take me three or four rounds to figure him out. But when I do, I’ll unleash hell. He’ll come out and establish himself early but as the rounds go on, I’ll figure out how to win, and that is always the objective.”

The truth is that no one really knows what will happen. There are so many imponderables. And it is what makes this heavyweight contest for two of the four world title belts – Joshua’s International Boxing Federation title and the vacant World Boxing Association crown, and worth an estimated £40 million – utterly fascinating.Has Klitschko still got what it takes at 41, after 18 months out of the ring and in the wake of a defeat to another Briton, Tyson Fury? Does Klitschko truly Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream believe in himself? What does he have left in the tank, outside pride and an obsession to reclaim the belts? Will the Ukrainian use the experience of his 68 fights and near-decade-long reign as the champion to outbox and outthink the young tyro?

Or will Joshua’s speed and power crumple his old foe like the demolition of a Victorian brick smoking tower? Which will prevail, the youth of Joshua, or the wizened experience of a man who has developed a machine-like system for winning?

 Joshua appears relaxed and happy. This is his natural habitat, the gym. His office. And he is convinced that this is his time. If he gets his hand raised – with McCracken admitting that this is “a very difficult fight against a great fighter” – the riches are untold. Joshua will be elevated from the biggest star in British boxing to a new level, with the prospect of creating a heavyweight era which could have his name embossed on it. Like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Klitschko himself.

Not bad for a kid from Watford who 10 years ago was heading in the wrong direction and was once on remand in Reading jail. Boxing changed him, and his life.

“It’s a blessing to be here,” explains Joshua. “We wait so long to get to this position and it’s all over in a night. I get to the arena at 7 o’clock and by 11.30 we’re walking back and going home and talking about the evening. I’ve learnt to embrace these moments, have fun with it. The crowd are Joshua vs Klitschko Live there to support me. That’s why they come out. All me and him have to do is perform. And the best man wins. I feel that’s me. I wouldn’t say it any other way.”

Joshua was raw early on in his career. In some ways, he still is. But there is the sense that the wider public sees something in the man, a first-generation immigrant of Nigerian descent, and that they want this likeable, huge man to succeed.He stands on the cusp of something great. And he knows it. “I’d love to fight in Africa like Ali and Foreman did, that would be amazing. I’d love to fight in Vegas but it’s on the back-burner. It’s the era of UK boxing. But if I was to just do it myself it’s not as big. What do they say? Every dancer needs a dance partner… Let everyone shine.

“Tyson Fury: get fit, bounce back. Dereck Chisora: get fit. Dillian Whyte: beat Mariusz Wach. David Haye: get your leg right. Joe Parker [the World Boxing Organisation champion], Hughie Fury, [Deontay] Wilder, they are more than welcome to come over and commentate on Sky Sports. Everyone is welcome.”Relaxed. Too relaxed? Maybe. But when Saturday comes, that will change. “Honestly, strip the hype away and the billion-dollar dreams and I just like boxing,” he says. And ‘unleashing hell’ of course. Saturday night will be the ultimate Klitschko vs Joshua Live test of that powerful pledge.

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