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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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With the big upcoming heavyweight Klitschko vs Joshua Live clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko set to take place at the end of the month, Sky Sports has unveiled their latest installment of The Gloves Are Off.Joshua begins the face-to-face interview by talking about his youth versus Klitschko’s experience, saying that he doesn’t believe any of Klitschko’s experience will prepare him for what will take place on April 29.

Event: Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua
Date: 29th April
Venue: Wembley  Stadiam,London
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Klitschko, meanwhile says that his experience has allowed him to ‘take it easy’ in the lead up to this fight, not allowing the moment to get the better of him.

Klitschko then briefly pauses to commend Joshua for being quite observant, saying that he has to be careful what he says around Joshua because he learns quickly.

Around 90,000 people are expected to attend the Wembley fight with many more tuning in on pay-per-view across the world.Anthony Joshua is in the very last stages of preparation now. He gets in with Wladimir Klitschko April 29th. Like the build-up to any big fight, there’s always a lot of hype.On top of this people tend to come out of the woodwork to drum up interest too. Tyson Fury ever the media opportunist, has been on the verbal onslaught towards Joshua in recent days.He certainly boxed very well on the night. If a Fury and Joshua fight does happen one day the mind games will be interesting beforehand.They seem like they are on an inevitable collision path at the moment. But Fury will need to have a comeback fight first.

Getting fit and in shape will also have to be done. Tyson has always blown up in between fights but lately he looks his heaviest ever.So, I ask. You’re in digs, you train at a public facility where it can take you a while to get Klitschko vs Joshua through the crowds to your session. What’s that all about? He laughs. “Yeah, we’re accessible, which is good. I think being a boxer you have to be a man of the people. It’s old-school, isn’t it? When you think of boxing, you think of the Rocky films, you know what I mean?”

The Rocky reference is interesting. He captioned that Insta picture: “My Rocky IV moment.” Joshua did not grow up obsessed by boxing, watching re-runs of the great bouts. “Never watched it,” he says. “Not into sport.” He clarifies. “I like the entertainment. I would definitely watch football. I would go with my pals to watch a game. I’m not against it. But for some reason I don’t understand how the leagues work and what’s the point in playing friendlies? I’m not going to go and sell out Wembley to have a friendly fight with Klitschko.” He roars with laughter.

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There’s a paradox emerging: Joshua is exceptionally committed. For the foreseeable future his life is “ring, ring, ring”. No time for girlfriends, no parties, no clubs, no celebrity hi-jinks. Indeed, he still lives with his mum, social worker Yeta Odusanya, in Golders Green, north London. He has an infant son, with former partner Nicole Osbourne, but thinks of retirement as the point when he will really be able to spend time with him. The team he’s assembled around him – from Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing to his coach Rob McCracken, trainers, PR people, and the friends who accompany him – is a slick operation.

He is frequently spoken about as a new breed of professional: organised, forward-thinking, tipped to amass serious amounts of money. Despite a couple of brushes with the law (fighting, which saw him put on remand in Reading prison in 2009, possibly its most famous inmate since Oscar Wilde; possession of cannabis in 2011, made slightly worse by the fact he was wearing his GB Boxing tracksuit when he was busted), he is pretty clean-cut.

Joshua does not throw tables in press conferences, nor indulge in much trash talk at all. A recent social media “furore” which resulted when he posted a picture of himself praying in a mosque in Dubai – he is not a Muslim, but was with a friend who was, and likes the Joshua vs Klitschko Live idea of embracing other cultures and religions in a show of unity – saw him gain 16,000 followers in 24 hours, and numerous expressions of support in the face of the anti-Muslim bile that had greeted the original tweet.

He is, in other words, a marketing man’s dream, which has allowed Hearn to circumvent the disappearance of boxing from terrestrial TV. There are many top-flight boxers who could walk into a pub and go completely unrecognised. Joshua is not one of them.

 One answer is Mike Tyson, Joshua’s great inspiration (he hastens to add that he’s not including his behaviour outside the ring). As a teenager in Watford, Joshua – then known by the name Femi, a shortening of one of his middle names – hung around with a big group that stuck close and moved as one. His parents had both moved from Nigeria to Watford as young adults, and the family – he has two sisters and a brother – lived on the Meriden Estate. In a Sky Sports documentary, he spoke of an exceptionally happy upbringing. He knew everyone, including friend of a friend Geri Halliwell, played football, drank in the local pub. But eventually it led to trouble: fighting, setting fires, becoming known to the police. He even, he tells me, used to smoke. When his parents moved to London, he remained in Watford and its hostels, but finally, he was more or less forced to move away.

He might not have thought it at the time, but it was a form of liberation. “I wanted to show that as an individual thinker I can achieve on my own,” he explains. “I don’t need to be around all the man dem, all the boys, to have my character or be respected.” He started to lift weights, became motivated by “purifying” himself. He was spending a lot of time with his cousin, Ben Ileyemi, now also a professional boxer, and Ben kept asking him to come along to the Finchley & District Amateur Boxing Club with him. Again, Joshua wasn’t particularly tempted, and eventually went along more to fall in with his cousin than anything else.

He began to see how boxing Klitschko vs Joshua Live made him better in the gym, and sharpened his fitness. And he started thinking about Tyson and how he “built his own empire”. Joshua, who, when he was working in the building trade, used to plan how he’d move on to driveways, barbecues, outhouses, bungalow conversions and eventually build up his own business, started “strategising how I could take this to the next level”.What struck him about Tyson, he says now, was that he was just an ordinary kid: “He wasn’t always a boxer. They took him from troubled circumstances, took him to a boxing gym, the team around him developed this kid, and he became one of the most feared heavyweights that the world’s ever seen. So I just saw that it’s like manufacturing someone. So when I went into boxing, I saw that if I worked hard and surrounded myself with the right people, and dedicated myself, I could manufacture myself to become a good fighter.”

To aid that process, he adheres to the thoroughly modern mantra that every challenge is a learning opportunity. His route into the sport, he explains, has actually worked out well for him because now boxing is “all I know. And as the years have gone on, it’s just who I’ve become, so I have to act as if I belong here, because this is what I’ve chosen to do. So that’s the motivation. I can’t fall back on anything, because I’m starting too late. I have to put my eggs in this basket now and ride out the wave, ride out the storm.”

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There are caveats, of course, to the idea of the boxer constructed as if he were a boy band. In a world of heavyweight giants, Joshua combines muscularity, athleticism and speed to outwit his opponents. Unlike the East European boxing scene out of which the Klitschkos came, with its more static, jab-dependent style. Joshua is mobile, fleet. He is not over-muscled (although, frankly, I wouldn’t want to iron the tailor-made shirts he’s fond of). And, to state the obvious, he has a very good punch.

As a fledgeling fighter, he used to get up at 3am to jog, thinking that every bit extra helped (I’m reminded of Daley Thompson’s insistence on training on Christmas Day on the grounds that you gained two days over your rivals; the work you did and the Joshua vs Klitschko Live work they didn’t). Now, Joshua and his team have refined his daily schedule so his various sessions are reduced and he can spend enough time resting and recuperating. He loves a nap and pities those who can’t fall asleep in the day.

After months of haggling, bitter premium cable rivals Showtime and HBO have made a deal that will see both of their broadcast crews at ringside at sold-out Wembley Stadium in London on April 29 to produce separate American telecasts for the fight between heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua and former champion Wladimir Klitschko.

The deal, announced Monday by promoters Matchroom Sport and Klitschko Management Group and the two networks, will see Showtime, which has a contract for Joshua’s American television rights, televise live coverage of the bout in the United States beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET. HBO, which has a contract covering Klitschko’s U.S. TV rights, will air its version of the fight on tape delay beginning at approximately 10:45 p.m. ET/PT, following the conclusion of its taped coverage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction concert.

Because both networks have contractual rights to their fighters, making the deal was a huge struggle. Both wanted to televise one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years. Now they both will under their unprecedented agreement.

“We are thrilled to be delivering Joshua vs. Klitschko to the U.S. audience live on Showtime,” Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, said. “On the afternoon of April 29, U.S. sports fans will be able to tune in to Showtime to join a record-breaking crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium and a worldwide television audience in witnessing an event that represents not only the contesting of the heavyweight world championship, but potentially the changing of the guard in Klitschko vs Joshua Live the most influential division in boxing.

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