BOXING: ANTHONY JOSHUA MBE FACES FORMER WORLD RULER WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO

Anthony Joshua Faces Former World Ruler Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua Faces Former World Ruler Wladimir Klitschko

Joshua (18-0 KO18) is preparing to defend his IBF heavyweight title against Klitschko (64-4 KO53) in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with the vacant WBA strap also on the line.

The pair faced off on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in New York, with unbeaten Joshua hinting that he may have tried to unsettle the former IBF, WBO and WBA champion.

“In three years I’ll be too good and in three years he’ll be too old. What he says is true – this is the perfect time.

Anthony Joshua: “This fight will be one of the biggest nights in my boxing career, it marks the highest point of my climb through the professional ranks. It is three years since I turned professional, I have taken the time to gain experience, fight men who have fallen and some who have fought hard and through this I am learning my trade, how the business works and gaining the ring craft which is sometimes underestimated as everyone wants to see the mega fights right away.

It is the perfect time for me to move up another step and contest my heavyweight championship belt against one of the legends of our sport. There is no doubt this will be a titanic battle with a huge amount on the line, just like every fight, but when I enter the ring I will be prepared for victory as I have been with all my other fights. The legend against the champ – it’s time to write history.”

Wladimir Klitschko: “I’m looking forward to this fight of the year, just like boxing fans all around the world. This is the first time in a decade that I’m the challenger again. I will fight against a champion who I consider the best of the young generation. Basically experience will take on youth. This makes this fight that unique. I will be ready for the challenge!”

“My obsession is about life and is about me. What I have got to do to be the best me? The outcome will always naturally happen.

Don’t worry about the title. Worry about what you’ve got to do today, tomorrow, the next day and that title will be waiting for you.

“The fight is one under the dark lights and you go under the lights to shine, so I am looking forward to getting back in there.”

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