Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream: takes a substantial step up in class against Klitschko this Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with the unbeaten 27-year-old facing a hugely experienced former champion in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley.
What are Wladimir’s main strengths?
Very, very clever, very astute. This is the first real, big heavyweight he’s [Joshua] had in front of him that can box, and can also punch back.
If we see a fully determined Klitschko, then it’s worrying, and I would have to fancy Klitschko to win it.
Wladimir ticks all the boxes. The only boxes he doesn’t tick are his age. Is the desire still there? These are all big question marks. Has the loss to Tyson completely affected him? Was he at the end of his reign when Tyson boxed him then? Who knows what we are going to see?If we see a fully determined Klitschko, then it’s worrying, and I would have to fancy Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream to win it.
What were your tactics?
We constructed that game plan and Tyson carried it out brilliantly. Tyson is an elite boxer. He is very awkward, personified, so it wasn’t because Klitschko couldn’t throw anything, he just wasn’t allowed to throw anything.
But that’s Tyson. Joshua is not Tyson.
Did you disrupt Klitschko’s game plan?
Absolutely, it’s all about offsetting your opponent. It’s a lot more to it. It’s not about what you can do, it’s what you can make your opponent do. Everything is astutely looked at.Tyson Fury reflects on how he finally ended Klitschko’s lengthy reign as champion
Can Joshua follow that blueprint?
He’s got to come up with his own one [game plan]. They are all different styles aren’t they. Nobody has got Tyson Fury’s style.
I don’t see how Joshua is going to implement that. If he tries to implement that type of boxing, there is only one winner. I think Wladimir will walk away with it.
He’s got to come for that knockout and he’s got to bring it early. He’s got to put Klitschko in shock, take him out of his stride, and rough him up properly. That is the only way he is going to handle Klitschko in my opinion.
What approach should Joshua employ?
For me, Joshua has got the power, he is saying all the right things – ‘I do what I do best and I’m coming for a knockout.’He’s got to really come to take him out. He’s got to take it into a street fight.
Peter Fury on Anthony Joshua
Joshua has got to be a lot more aggressive, even than what he has been in the past. He’s got to really come to take him out. He’s got to take it into a street fight.
If he applies a boxing match to this, I think only one winner, because he’s got to take Wladimir out of his stride, not give him the time to set himself Klitschko vs Joshua Live, and not give Wladimir the time to get into a routine.
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How should Joshua start the fight?
From round one, he’s got to get going, start winging them shots. He’s a big, powerful lad. One of them has got to land and I think he can unsettle Wladimir like that.
Wladimir likes everything to be perfect. My opinion is – Joshua head down, hands up, and let those shots fly.Trainer Robert McCracken is hoping to guide Joshua to an 19th straight victory
What do you expect from Klitschko?
I think Klitschko will come out and show something different. I think he will come out also a little bit aggressive, but controlled aggression. I think that’s what we are going to see from Klitschko.Klitschko has demonstrated knockout power throughout his career
Toughest test of Joshua’s career?
It’s going to be a whole new ball park for Joshua, because at the moment Joshua has been swimming in that Olympic pool in Sheffield, but he’s not been swimming in a force seven [wind] in the middle of the sea.
This is the difference in opposition. He’s now in the middle of the sea.
Can you pick a winner?
First four rounds, Joshua to knock him out, after then Klitschko to knock him out. I would have to edge to Klitschko on the sheer experience and if he wants it.
But if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t put money on it, because I don’t know what Klitschko is turning up. I wouldn’t bet on it.
If one had to choose a single word to describe Anthony Joshua’s professional boxing career, the word fast would not be far from the top of the list. It took Joshua only sixteen fights to capture a recognized world heavyweight championship belt Klitschko vs Joshua Live. Including the two fights that have since followed, on Saturday 29th April, when the bell sounds to signify the beginning of the first round, it will be only 45th round that Joshua has tasted as a professional.
Even if we consider Joshua’s pedigree as an amateur, his Olympic gold medal in 2012 does well to mask a limited spell in the unpaid ranks spanning just forty-three fights. It is staggering to believe that when Joshua steps through the ropes on Saturday night he will have been boxing for a total of six years.
If we compare this to the man who will be standing across the ring from him, it would certainly appear that this fight has arrived too soon for the fighter from North London. When Klitschko steps into the ring on Saturday night, it will be to start his 359th round as a professional fighter. As an amateur, he also captured an Olympic gold. For Klitschko, though, when he captured the Olympic title in 1996, it signified the end of an amateur career spanning one-hundred and forty fights.
Klitschko will certainly be hoping that his vast experience will be the difference between the two fighters on Saturday night. Unfortunately for him, just as speed has characterized everything about Joshua’s career to date, it will be speed that characterizes the events that will unfold in the center of the ring.
For ten years, Klitschko reigned supreme at the top of the heavyweight pile because of his superior size and his relentless ability to wear his opponents down using his machine-like left-hand jab. Unfortunately for Klitschko, seventeen months ago, Tyson Fury showed to the world that a man of similar stature and superior hand speed could nullify Klitschko’s plan A. Even more unfortunately for Klitschko, Fury exposed the fact that he had no plan B. While it is certainly fair to say that Fury’s lateral movement and his ability to punch from angles was more impressive than his fellow countryman’s, what Joshua lacks in the skills of the sweet science, he will make up for in speed and power.
Expect to see a cagey opening two rounds, with neither man willing to take any unnecessary risks. By the middle of the third, Joshua will realize that he can get in and out of the pocket quick enough to land one, two, or even three punches without taking too much punishment in return. At this point, a familiar smile will appear on Joshua’s face as he realizes he has the beating of his opponent. Don’t be surprised if Klitschko goes down in the fourth and my prediction is that the fight will end in the fifth with Joshua stopping Klitschko with a combination of disorientating punches to the head.
Of course, Klitschko will argue that experience and timing will nullify the younger pugilist’s speed and power. He is adamant that a dormant seventeen months has only heightened his obsession for victory and that his preparation in camp has neutralized any potential ring rust that normally follows such a lengthy period outside of the ring. It would be unreasonable to entirely disregard his chances of victory on Saturday night. However, if he is going to regain his IBF title, I pray that he has spent the last seventeen months perfecting a plan B.
To emerge as the victorious man on Saturday night, he will need to forget those ten years spent at the top and transform his approach to become an aggressive front-footed fighter. While Joshua’s combination of speed and power is destructive, he is less of a concussive knockout artist than his eighteen victories inside the distance might suggest. Thirteen of his professional victories have come by way of TKO, rather than KO, and most of his stoppages have come as he pressures his opponent on to their back-foot and overwhelms them with a rapid combination of punches. If Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream is willing to come forward and throw his combinations without fear of reprisal, he may be able to neutralize his opponents most dangerous weapon and emerge victorious in front of the 90,000 sell-out crowd at Wembley stadium.The age-old saying is that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Saturday night will show once and for all whether this is true.