Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) is seeking to regain his status as world Klitschko vs Joshua Live heavyweight champion boxer, as he takes on undefeated Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) for Joshua’s IBF and the vacant WBA (and less importantly, IBO) titles. Klitschko is coming off a decision loss to Tyson Fury in November 2015, his first defeat since a stunning knockout against Lamon Brewster over a decade ago. After that, he ruled the heavyweight division and was the consensus #1. He enters this Saturday’s contest as the betting underdog against the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, but you most certainly can’t count him out of this matchup.
Event: Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua
Date: 29th April
Venue: Wembley Stadiam,London
TV Info: klitschkkovsjoshulive.us
HBO has released a video showcasing the best of “Dr. Steelhammer,” and you can watch it at the top of the page. I’m going to defend Klitschko a bit, as he has developed a (quite deserved) reputation for being in some unexciting fights. He has 53 KO wins and HBO has had the rights to plenty of them. This three-minute clip really doesn’t do him justice. I can’t even believe they plucked any footage from the Fury fight to show “the best of” Wladimir. You can tell that their budget reduction has impacted their ability to produce compilation vids, which used to be more than twice as long. Alas, there are some good finishes here for your viewing pleasure.
Tyson Fury’s shock points victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 was just the fourth professional fight the Ukrainian had ever lost, in over two decades in the sport.His defeat ended a 23-fight winning streak and every second of the contest will have been poured over by current IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who will take on Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29.
But while Klitschko’s defeat to Fury made headlines around the world, and while his fight against Joshua promises to be one of the biggest spectacles in the history of boxing, his other three defeats are less well known.Here Independent Sport recounts the four nights on which Klitschko tasted defeat, and reveals what happened next in the men talented enough to beat him.Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko airs live from London’s Wembley Stadium on Showtime at 4:15 PM ET/1:15 PM PT, with HBO broadcasting the same-day replay at 11 PM ET/PT.
Klitschko’s first ever professional fight in his Ukrainian homeland did not go according to plan. The American Ross Puritty was considered little more than a trial horse in the boxing community and had lost three of his previous Klitschko vs Joshua four fights heading into the bout. But taking the fight on just eight days’ notice, Puritty stopped Klitschko in the eleventh round for the greatest win of his career.Yeah, the notice was very short,” Puritty recounted in an interview in 2014. “The only preparation that I had, basically, was that I knew it’s gonna’ be a tough fight and I kept trying to be the last one on the ring.”
Puritty claimed that Klitschko was asked on two occasions about the possibility of a rematch, only to decline both times. In 2001 Puritty took on Wladimir’s brother, Vitali, with the fight stopped in the 11th round after the American sustained a large cut to the face.The journeyman hung up his gloves in 2007 after defeating Carl Gathright in Canada. He retired with a professional record of 31-20-3.At 37 and having recently been knocked out by the American Hasim Rahman, Sanders was so unfancied for his fight against Klitschko that some bookmakers were offering odds of 50-1 for him to win via knockout. But a vicious left-cross counter floored Klitschko in the very first round.
Klitschko battled on, only to hit the canvas twice more in the opening round. In the second, the referee stopped the contest, and Sanders was the new WBO heavyweight champion. “[Sanders] was what people in boxing call a ‘bum,’” Klitschko recounted several years afterwards. “I was tired, I’d been busy. I went into the ring thinking I’ll knock this guy out in one round and go home.”Only Ricky Hatton has picked up more in one night as he earned in excess of £15m for his clash with Floyd Mayweather jnr in 2007 in Las Vegas.The heavyweight clash at Wembley Stadium is generating huge interest, with sources close to the fight predicting it will reach 1.5m sales on pay-per-view, eclipsing the previous record of 1.15m for Mayweather’s clash with Manny Pacquiao in 2015, which was 100,000 above the American’s fight with Hatton.
That would bring in almost £30m before tax, which alone would smash the total for Britain’s richest fight, Carl Froch’s rematch with George Groves at Wembley, which brought in about £22m.
Joshua’s defence of the IBF belt against Klitschko will also generate gate receipts worth about £7m.US television rights sold for almost £2.4m, with Showtime and HBO sharing the rights. or arguably the most influential trainer in British boxing, Robert McCracken cuts an unassuming figure – especially when set against the Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream looming bulk of Anthony Joshua, his prize pupil.But you do not need to study this pair for long to recognise McCracken’s power and influence. As McCracken talks, Joshua’s eyes never leave his mentor’s – every word uttered in McCracken’s trademark Brummie drawl is absorbed as he expertly guides his fighter’s hands to switching combinations on the pads.
McCracken’s deep well of expertise has earned him respect in rings the world over – as well as an MBE, for his work with Britain’s Olympic programme – and his reputation will go stratospheric if Joshua overcomes the sternest challenge of his fledgling professional career by defeating Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday. But anyone expecting McCracken to fuel the hype and hysteria around this fight will be disappointed: a man who gave up his trade as a wood machinist in a cabinet factory in the Midlands to pursue his own professional career, in which he won British light-middle and Commonwealth middleweight titles in the 1990s, remains refreshingly grounded, and wary of the threat posed by Klitschko.
“It’s a very dangerous fight but at some point you’ve got to make that move,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “Professional boxing is dangerous and the opponents are as big as ‘Josh’ and as dangerous as him and can punch as hard as him. So there’s got to be lots of thought going into it. There’s always a duty of care.“The main thing is that he’s fresh. He’s not taken any sustained beatings. He’s not been fed up with the politics of professional boxing. Now obviously it’s the big time, it’s Wladimir Klitschko, who has been the best heavyweight for the last decade. Experience versus youth. How will it go? Everyone is fascinated by it.”
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Calmness personified, McCracken oversaw Joshua’s rise to a gold medal at London 2012, and continues to form a formidable role in the boxer’s mental and technical education at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, where Joshua trains for his fights.
There is a synergy at this boxing talent factory, McCracken having overseen the £40 million UK Sport investment into British boxing in his eight years as head coach, a programme which has yielded eight medals, including four golds.
McCracken purrs about the most Joshua vs Klitschko Live precious jewel to have been unearthed in Sheffield, but believes great danger lies in wait in this fight for Joshua.
“You never know until the first bell goes in any fight. It was similar to Carl Froch’s reign and his title fights. You’re boxing at the highest level. It’s very very difficult,” McCracken said. “You can’t make mistakes, especially in heavyweight boxing. It’s a big, big challenge for both of the fighters.”McCracken is well placed to warn Joshua of the pitfalls that can snare fighters. In his own fight against Manchester’s Steve Foster at Birmingham’s NEC in 1994, violence erupted between a group of Birmingham City football hooligans who had adopted him as a hero, and Foster’s followers from Salford. A pitched battle threatened the suspension of the main event on a night when the master of ceremonies, Mike Goodhall, in appealing to the rioting fans, had said: “You are threatening the future of boxing in this country.”
How the world turns. McCracken is now the figurehead of Britain’s boxing establishment, and the man charged with guiding the career of Joshua as he seeks to elevate himself to the ranks of boxing superstardom. “The world has changed,” he reflected. “The days of fighters having 60 and 70 fights are going to be gone soon. There was a lot of social media pressure on Josh to have the Klitschko fight – there’s more of a spotlight on the fighters now and it’s harder to bring them through without taking a risk. It’s boxing, it’s a sport, and you learn on the job. And that’s certainly what Anthony is doing.
“When Joshua came to us in 2010 he was a relative international novice. But he learnt, he took his lumps and bumps. And he came back stronger each time. That’s the main thing with boxing. You’ve got to enjoy it. And he enjoys it.”McCracken’s role cannot be understated this week, or on Saturday night. “Ultimately, when the bell goes, the fighters are on their own. They have to think on their feet and make quick decisions on the Klitschko vs Joshua Live spur of the moment. My job is to advise him and guide him through the fight.