Is Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) ready for Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs)?
“Any fight is the right fight. I’ve never shied away from any fight, any opponent. I started boxing in 2008; in 2009, ’10, ‘11 I was in the World Championships, and in 2012 I was representing Great Britain competing to be the best in the world in the Olympics. It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just enjoy what I do and I just embrace every opportunity,” says Joshua during the final presscon on Thursday.
Joshua, 27, will face battle tested former heavyweight king W. Klitschko on Saturday night at the Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London and can be seen live on Showtime (4:15 PM EST/1:15 PM PST) and on HBO (delayed telecast 11 PM EST). Expected crowd at over 90,000 to trooped at the venue to witness who will take over the boxing pride. The young hungry lion or the returning former head of the pride?
“I don’t underestimate any opponent. Through my mistakes I have learned and made myself right.”
Joshua showed confidence during the final presser on Thursday. He hasn’t tasted defeat in pro-ranks, but he was sure that even a loss from Klitschko will not end his career.
“I don’t think so, because it won’t be the end of my career.”
With the above Joshua being said, I think he has the right mindset taking on Klitschko on Saturday night. He knows clearly that taking alone this fight is big boost for his career. A competitive loss could only mean rise on his stock and a possible rubber match. A flat-out KO loss could only mean… ah okay.. I told you, he’s still young and in-experience. But I don’t think it will be a walk in the park for the, accept it or not, ageing Klitschko.
If you look at physically, both men has the same number. Per Boxrec.com, Klitschko and Joshua has the same height at 6 feet, 6 inches tall, and reach almost similar at 81 inches and 82 inches respectively.
So, I think, Joshua being the younger man would be stronger than Klitschko especially as the fight goes on to a distance, and it would really be competitive in the early rounds. Now, for me, it looks like it boils down to experience and the right game plan.
“Can you imagine my next opponent is going to fight a guy whose age is exactly the number of how long he has been in boxing – 27 years? Can you imagine that? It’s a pretty amazing task. Is it a degradation that I’m actually a challenger and underdog in this fight after 27 years in the sport? I don’t think so. I think it’s great,” says Klitschko.
Well, without a doubt Klitschko got a huge edge in experience. He has seen it all dominating the division for decades. But of course at 41 years of age, how much Klitschko left in the tank? Does he still has what it takes to pull the trigger. Based on his previous fight against Fury it showed as a hint.
If Klitschko fights the way he fought Fury last time, I think he will lose. He should let his right hand go more often because the younger Joshua may have more of that sort in the ring.
Although Joshua may just have 18 fights on his sleeves and none of them push him to the limit because those opponents were not able to match him physically.
But let me tell you one thing. I can not see so much of Klitschko’s tricks. He’s edge most of his fight is his size, jab and power on his right hand.
With Joshua on the other side of the ring, it is safe to remove that size advantage. Wlad got power on his right hand but at times, he’s so gun-shy to fire more of them. So it’s really a good competitive fight as long as the older got his tank till the later rounds.
I’m inclined to give Joshua a unanimous win. That’s when Klitschko employed his hit-hug combination on Saturday night. But if both men provided more punching room, this fight is over after 6 rounds.