Today in London at Wembley stadium two Olympic Champions Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua will face in the most intriguing battle in the super heavyweight for the last 10 years.
Klitschko-Joshua was officially confirmed in December of last year. Have since heard hundreds of different opinions about this intriguing match – Klitschko fans point to his great experience and desire to be rehabilitated after slurred speech in a fight with Tyson fury, and fans of Joshua rely on power skills, good physical condition and have an impeccable record, not forgetting to add that Klitschko is the last time you went to the ring 17 months ago.
So what goes Joshua on the main fight of his Pro career? Of course, the figures in the record of the British can not fail to impress – the Olympic champion of 2012, one of his 18 fights won early and often enough, Anthony 2-3 rounds to send his opponent in a horizontal position. Who beat Joshua? Former Vitali Klitschko opponent Kevin Johnson, the accidental world champion Charles Martin, his longtime rival Dillian white, who almost fell in a battle with Derek Cooroy, and two Americans from the second tier – Eric Molina and Dominic Brizil. No boxer deserves at least to be mentioned in the same sentence next to Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua has been on the ring 44 of the round. For comparison, Klitschko knockouts – 53 early victories. It is impossible to compare and opposition boxers – Klitschko throughout his 11-year domination killed all serious contenders, Joshua still has not played a single competitive fight, never met an opponent with such an iron jab, so timing and such a desire, even an obsession, to return as Klitschko.
What will be Vladimir Klitschko after long periods of inactivity? Training camp of Ukrainian spent productively, no doubt his physical readiness. It seems all right at Klitschko and mental preparation for combat. The former champion is well aware that a second defeat in a row put an end to his career, and to leave Vladimir clearly not going to.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I’m a man, this is my fight and I am winning. This will be my fight, despite the fact that Joshua is Boxing at home. I haven’t seen Joshua in a much better shape than it is now. He’s like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his best times.”
Anthony Joshua: “I don’t think the fight with Klitschko – the most important for me, because he will not be the end of my career. But if Klitschko misses a few heavy blows, then this might be the end of him. This defining battle for him.”
Stream: inter – 20:30 (Studio), after midnight a fight (Ukraine), “Match TV” (Russia), “HBO” and “Showtime” (USA), “Sky Sports” (UK).
Forecast: an early victory Klitschko between rounds 8-12.
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