British heavyweight IBF champion Anthony Joshua says he’s confident of a win against legend Wladimir Klitschko – a man who has been boxing since Joshua was born.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 27, 2017) (REUTERS) – Boxing heavyweight IBF champion Anthony Joshua says he’s confident and ready for what is arguably the toughest fight of his career so far on Saturday (April 29), as he prepares to face one of the sport’s all time greats, Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua, 27, said he’s trained hard for the fight against a man who’s been in the sport since the 2012 Olympic champion was born.
Ukrainian Klitschko, 41, said he was obsessed with reclaiming the heavyweight titles he lost against Britain’s Tyson Fury in November 2015 — his first defeat in 11 years. Klitschko has won 64 of his 68 fights.
Britain’s Joshua, making his third defence of the IBF title he won against American Charles Martin last April, has 18 straight knockouts to his record.
Saturday’s fight, in which the vacant WBA belt is also up for grabs, will see the biggest crowd for a boxing match in Britain since 1939 when 90,000 watched Len Harvey take on Jock McAvoy at London’s White City.