Tyson Fury’s shock points victory over Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream in November 2015 was just the fourth professional fight the Ukrainian had ever lost, in over two decades in the sport.His defeat ended a 23-fight winning streak and every second of the contest will have been poured over by current IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who will take on Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29.
But while Klitschko’s defeat to Fury made headlines around the world, and while his fight against Joshua promises to be one of the biggest spectacles in the history of boxing, his other three defeats are less well known.
Here Independent Sport recounts the four nights on which Klitschko tasted defeat, and reveals what happened next in the men talented enough to beat him.
Klitschko’s first ever professional fight in his Ukrainian homeland did not go according to plan. The American Ross Puritty was considered little more than a trial horse in the boxing community and had lost three of his previous four fights heading into the bout. But taking the fight on just eight days’ notice, Puritty stopped Klitschko in the eleventh round for the greatest win of his career.“Yeah, the notice was very short,” Puritty recounted in an interview in 2014. “The only preparation that I had, basically, was that I knew it’s gonna’ be a tough fight and I kept trying to be the last one on the ring.”Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) is seeking to regain his status as world heavyweight champion boxer, as he takes on undefeated Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) for Joshua’s IBF and the vacant WBA (and less importantly, IBO) titles. Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream is coming off a decision loss to Tyson Fury in November 2015, his first defeat since a stunning knockout against Lamon Brewster over a decade ago. After that, he ruled the heavyweight division and was the consensus #1. He enters this Saturday’s contest as the betting underdog against the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, but you most certainly can’t count him out of this matchup.
HBO has released a video showcasing the best of “Dr. Steelhammer,” and you can watch it at the top of the page. I’m going to defend Klitschko a bit, as he has developed a (quite deserved) reputation for being in some unexciting fights. He has 53 KO wins and HBO has had the rights to plenty of them. This three-minute clip really doesn’t do him justice. I can’t even believe they plucked any footage from the Fury fight to show “the best of” Wladimir. You can tell that their budget reduction has impacted their ability to produce compilation vids, which used to be more than twice as long. Alas, there are some good finishes here for your viewing pleasure.
Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko airs live from London’s Wembley Stadium on Showtime at 4:15 PM ET/1:15 PM PT, with HBO broadcasting the same-day replay at 11 PM ET/PT.
Only Ricky Hatton has picked up more in one night as he earned in excess of £15m for his clash with Floyd Mayweather jnr in 2007 in Las Vegas.The heavyweight clash at Wembley Stadium is generating huge interest, with sources close to the fight predicting it will reach 1.5m sales on pay-per-view, eclipsing the previous record of 1.15m for Mayweather’s clash with Manny Pacquiao in 2015, which was 100,000 above the American’s fight with Hatton.That would bring in almost £30m before tax, which alone would smash the total for Britain’s richest fight, Carl Froch’s rematch with George Groves at Wembley, which brought in about £22m.Joshua’s defence of the IBF belt against Klitschko will also generate gate receipts worth about £7m.US television rights sold for almost £2.4m, with Showtime and HBO sharing the rights. It is only the third time the US broadcasting behemoths have agreed to share a boxing event, with Mayweather v Pacquiao and Lennox Lewis against Mike Tyson the previous two.
German TV RTL has also paid about £4m to broadcast the event in the country where Ukrainian Klitschko is a star.
More than £1m is being pumped in by sponsors, while merchandising could also break the £1m barrier to deliver an eye-watering total well in excess of £40m.
The costs of running the event will be subtracted as well as taxes and those involved, like Sky, will take a cut. But it is believed Joshua and Klitschko could be left with a £30m pot to split.Klitschko is aiming to join an exclusive club alongside ring icons Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, who have regained the world heavyweight title when all the odds were stacked against them.Ali travelled to Zaire in 1974 to face Foreman, who was at his monstrous best, and outwitted him with the fabled ‘rope-a-dope’ tactics Klitschko vs Joshua Live. And Foreman, at 45, became the oldest heavyweight champion when he knocked out Michael Moorer to claim the WBA and IBF belts.Johnathon Banks, Klitschko’s trainer, believes that at 41 his man can upset the younger man, who is favourite.
“Is he too old? That’s the same thing Michael Moorer thought when he fought George Foreman,” said Banks. “George Foreman thought the same thing when he fought Muhammad Ali in Zaire. George took what Ali did to him and did the exact same thing to Michael Moorer.“There’s something about when an old man don’t back down from a fight, you better pay attention.”For arguably the most influential trainer in British boxing, Robert McCracken cuts an unassuming figure – especially when set against the looming bulk of Anthony Joshua, his prize pupil.
But you do not need to study this pair for long to recognise McCracken’s power and influence. As McCracken talks, Joshua’s eyes never leave his mentor’s – every word uttered in McCracken’s trademark Brummie drawl is absorbed as he expertly guides his fighter’s hands to switching combinations on the pads.
McCracken’s deep well of expertise has earned him respect in rings the world over – as well as an MBE, for his work with Britain’s Olympic programme – and his reputation will go stratospheric if Joshua overcomes the sternest challenge of his fledgling professional career by defeating Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday. But anyone expecting McCracken to fuel the hype and hysteria around this fight will be disappointed: a man who gave up his trade as a wood machinist in a cabinet factory in the Midlands to pursue his own professional career, in which he won British light-middle and Commonwealth middleweight titles in the 1990s, remains refreshingly grounded, and wary of the threat posed by Klitschko.
“It’s a very dangerous fight but at some point you’ve got to make that move,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “Professional boxing is dangerous and the opponents are as big as ‘Josh’ and as dangerous as him and can punch as hard as him. So there’s got to be lots of thought going into it. There’s always a duty of care. “The main thing is that he’s fresh. He’s not taken any sustained beatings. He’s not been fed up with the politics of professional boxing Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream. Now obviously it’s the big time, it’s Wladimir Klitschko, who has been the best heavyweight for the last decade. Experience versus youth. How will it go? Everyone is fascinated by it.”