Klitschko Assays Joshua

By Robert Ecksel on April 17, 2017
Klitschko Assays Joshua
Joshua respects Klitschko and all he has accomplished, but time stands still for no one.

If looks could kill, death row would be filled with would-be models. But muscles alone do not a fighter make…

On April 29 at Wembley Stadium in Wembley, London, United Kingdom, former unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, by way of Zhangiztobe, Kazakhstan, challenges IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs), the young gun from Watford, Hertfordshire, UK.

Klitschko, at the age of 41, hopes to be the first man to defeat 27-year-old Joshua. The changing of the guard formally took place when Tyson Fury outpointed the former champ in 2015, but Fury’s meltdown opened the door for “Dr. Steelhammer” to make history one more time.

Speaking with Johnny Nelson on Sky Sports, Klitschko observed that Joshua is a younger version of himself.

“We look alike, size-wise,” he said. “Arm length is pretty much the same. Biceps? Maybe in his smaller T-shirt [he] looks better. Punching power, we don’t need to talk about.”

If looks could kill, death row would be filled with would-be models. But muscles alone do not a fighter make.

“There are a lot of equal things,” continued Klitschko. “Preparation, camp, altitude training, nutrition—we can name a lot of things. The more I look at it, it’s a copy. Different, but in a certain way it’s a copy.

“After having the experience in my last fight [the embarrassing loss to Fury]...I’m not happy with that. But this obsession, in other words, is like a threat going through my heart and my mind, and I totally love it.”

Joshua respects Klitschko and all he has accomplished, but time stands still for no one.

“I hear a lot about age, but it’s a young man’s sport,” he said. “At the time he has his experience, which will be good to see you through a few rounds, but then the youth, excitement, adrenaline and speed will start causing issues.

“You can’t prepare for what I bring to the table, no matter how much experience you have.”

They can’t both be right. Either Joshua loses his undefeated record, or Klitschko gets punched into retirement by a somewhat green, unproven fighter.

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  1. Jan Swart 07:52am, 04/21/2017

    Joshua by KO

  2. Alt Knight 02:47pm, 04/17/2017

    AkT…I would love for Wlad to beat the odds, but given the long layoff, and how bad he looked against Fury, if I was a betting man? I will be rooting for the Ukrainian, but I wouldn’t bet on him.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:23pm, 04/17/2017

    “If looks could kill death row would be filled with would-be models.” Love it!!! Here’s one for you….probably a quarter million Russian soldiers executed for desertion in WWII pursuant to Stalin’s Order 270 which prompted General Georgy Zhukov to note that “it takes a brave man to be a coward in the Red Army.”

  4. AkT 01:33pm, 04/17/2017

    @Alt Knight - totally agree.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:06am, 04/17/2017

    Wlad will KO Joshua and then Wilder and won’t let the door hit him in the ass as he exits stage right. Only two fighters in this era have taken on all comers and notwithstanding the fact that both have big losses on their resumes….they are the the two best and continue to be the two best for the “sport” of boxing ....Wladimir Klitschko and Manny Pacquiao!

  6. Alt Knight 09:56am, 04/17/2017

    If there are two scenarios that tend to hold true in boxing, they are a good big man will always beat a good small man, and you can’t beat Father Time. How many times have we seen these scenarios repeated over and over again? Yeah, every now and then, a George Foreman might defy the odds, but mostly the old lion always falls to the young lion. It is the way of Mother Nature.

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