This weekend on Saturday the 29th of April, Watford born, IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua will face off against the experienced Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium and it’s already being billed as the “mother of all boxing” matches.
Anthony Joshua once even trained at Wladimir Klitschko’s summer training camp as a youngster, but now the apprentice “champion” is meeting up with the former mentor, for what will be boxing’s biggest fight in recent history. Anthony Joshua has been in a training camp up in Sheffield in preparation for this bout, a place that he says helps him to focus and to keep his mind on nothing but the upcoming fight.
This will only be Anthony Joshua’s 19th professional fight, whilst it will be Wladimir Klitschko’s 29th title fight in his career. However, Wladimir Klitschko, 41, is obsessed by retaining the Heavyweight champion belt for a third time, after losing to Tyson Fury 17 months ago, the first time he was beat in 11 years. Wladimir’s trainer Johnathan Banks said about his fight against Fury, “I knew right away that Wladimir would lose. You can’t say when the feeling comes, but when it hit me about Fury and Wladimir, I had it in my head the whole time. I just thought ‘Damn! I had a feeling before the fight it wasn’t going to be our night.”
However, this time Wladimir Klitschko is in top condition and is very prepared for this upcoming fight after a successful training camp in the Austrian Alps. Johnathan Banks also added over his past loss to Tyson Fury, “You can get the best basketball player in the world, but if he’s having an off shooting night, there’s nothing he can do about it.”
Wladimir Klitschko recently shared this photo and message from the Alps before heading to the UK. “I need allies and I have the best team I can get. Together we will reach my goal. Thanks to everyone who support me.”
The fight attendance is expected to be sold out with 90,000 tickets and this is the fight that will put big boxing events back on the map, making Conor McGregor’s and Floyd Mayweather’s future cross-over fight seem like mere “childsplay” in comparison.
These are two 6ft 6inch heavyweight boxers with enough in there right hook’s to knock out a horse, but what makes the fight even more intriguing is the respect that has been shown between the two fighter’s since it was announced that they would fight in the ring on April 29th. There has been no trash talk and nothing but a mutual respect for each other and Wladimir has mentioned how he recognised himself in the rising super star that is Anthony Joshua, clearly the most exciting boxing champion from the United Kingdom in many years, and even arguably more exciting skilled than Lennox Lewis ever was, so let’s go in and learn a little bit more about Anthony Joshua, shall we?
Anthony Joshua took up boxing at age 18 (a little late) in 2007, after his cousin suggested he start the sport and he has been on a steady rise since then, capturing the Olympic Boxing Champion Gold Medal at the Olympics in London in 2012, as a result.
Now at age 27, you notice a remarkably humble and a funny man, despite the money and the fame, with a hardened physique and a tireless training schedule that would put most people into the hospital due to over exertion, however, Anthony Joshua’s feet remain firmly on the ground, which he credits his close team of friends for. Yes, Anthony Joshua likes his downtime and he knows the importance of being laid-back and he has even been seen to be enjoying the classic board game of “Risk” on Instagram in the recent past with his team. But no matter when it’s time to get back to work, training or fighting, he is calm and cool-headed, even though this next fight will most definitely be his biggest challenge yet, with many still predicting Anthony Joshua to come out as the winner.
Yesterday, everyone got an insight into the time spent in preparation for this fight, with the BBC documentary Road to Klitschko, where it was revealed amongst other things that Anthony Joshua had recently purchased his first ever boxing coach, from Finchley Amateur Boxing Club, Sean Murphy, a customised £58,000 BMW 6 series, as a way of saying thank you. That has all the hallmark’s of a gentle giant and Joshua credits Murphy for cleaning up his act amidst a time period in his life where he may have strayed off course, away from Boxing, as a teenager.
So, what can we expect from the fight? Ex-Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, said this about the fight between Joshua and Klitschko, “Both fighters are confident, and they’re good people so they get along well, but I know when they step into the ring it all changes”.
But, how do their boxing career stats match up? Let’s take a look, shall we?
KO percentage: 82
Height/Reach: 6ft 6ins/81ins
KO percentage: 100
Height/Reach: 6ft 6ins/82ins
Brainstain, over and out!
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