Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream believes his time for greatness has arrived as he insists he will be gunning to extend his stunning run of knockout victories when he faces Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.The pair showed huge respect for one-another during their half-hour conversation with Johnny Nelson, but were both clear in their aims ahead of their fight at the home of English football.
Joshua has knocked out all 18 of his professional opponents to date and, as he prepares to step things up against a man he described as being one of the top five heavyweights of all-time, he is gunning for number 19. ‘It’s my time,’ Joshua said as part of Sky Sports ‘The Gloves are Off’ show. ‘I don’t think he will find a weakness.’So many boxes to be ticked, but I’m going for the knockout, that’s what I do.’I haven’t experienced losing as a professional so I can only talk about my experience in the past. But I am going for a knockout.
‘He is harder to hit, I’m aware of that, but I know potentially there is more than one way to skin a cat. I’m trying to make this is simple as possible and it’s my job to make my opponent look like a novice.’
Joshua heads into the contest giving away 14 years in age and 50 contests to the vastly more experienced Klitschko, but believes youth will give him an edge.
‘I hear a lot about age, but it’s a young man’s sport,’ he said. ‘At the time he has his experience, which will be good to see you through a few rounds, but then the youth, excitement, adrenaline and speed will start causing issues.You can’t prepare for what I bring to the table, no matter how much experience you have.’ Klitschko sees the April 29 contest as being something of a chess match between two equally-matched physical specimen, but vowed to congratulate Joshua if he emerges victorious and be there to pick him up if he inflicts the Brit’s first professional defeat.
‘You know what kills speed? Anticipation,’ he said.
‘I believe he has a very good analytic mind but there is a difference between you and me. We will see how it goes. We look alike, size-wise and the reach is the same, biceps, punch power.
‘We can name a lot of things and the more I look at it there is a copy. Different but a copy. But I am obsessed with my goal to lift my hands after the fight when I leave the ring.’This obsession is a threat going through my heart and mind. This is like a match game in chess, the other putting the other on the other side to try and use the weakness.’The better fighter, the better pugilist is going to win. Good if it goes early, good if it goes the difference.
‘If you win, I will congratulate you. If you lose, I will help you to come back.’
Johnathon Banks is recalling the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who masterminded Wladimir Klitschko’s rise to heavyweight greatness. Steward was a father figure to him, virtually adopted him from 17 and even taught him how to shave. He helped Banks become a good boxer, a decent cruiserweight who had 33 fights and won an International Boxing Organisation world crown.
Little wonder, then, that when Steward died suddenly in 2012, Banks took up his mantle and will be the key figure in Klitschko’s corner at Wembley on April 29 when he fights Anthony Joshua in one of the most anticipated fights in British boxing history.
More than anyone, Banks is the man inside the mind of the Ukrainian as he returns to the ring, fighting to regain the titles he lost to Tyson Fury in Düsseldorf in November 2015.
Banks, at 34, is seven years younger than Klitschko. He sparred hundreds of rounds with him in camp over five years. And through Steward, who transformed his charge into a near-impregnable defensive winning machine, he learnt what made the fighter tick.
Steward created the famed Kronk Gym, a sweat shop in Detroit where the sparring sessions in its rings were reputed to be more exacting than many world title contests. Under his guidance, fighters flourished: among them Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez and the Britons Dennis Andries, Naseem Hamed and Lennox Lewis. It was there, and following his master around the globe, where Banks learnt his trade watch this Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream.Banks, one of 10 children whose father was absent, told The Telegraph: “My mum, Charlene, was really, really strict. I wouldn’t have the life I have now if it wasn’t for her. But by the time I was 17 I moved out and in with Emanuel. The rest is history.”
Before his death at the age of 68 from complications during surgery for diverticulitis – a digestive disorder – Steward demonstrated he understood Klitschko’s mindset and schooling. He is not a natural fighter. Steward urged him to dominate behind his jab and take a half-step back until he was comfortable enough to free up his hands in contests. They honed it, against the likes of Banks, and it purred to perfection.
From 2006, Klitschko went unbeaten in a reign of 9½ years. By the time Banks took over from Steward, he understood the champion’s vulnerabilities. Banks said: “Emanuel taught me everything I know: calmness with fighters, gaining their trust and intimacy. And the need for honesty.”
Together, they had six title defences until Fury dethroned Klitschko on points 18 months ago. Banks knew Klitschko was not right. He still believes it was an off night.
Banks, whose heavy eyelids and facial scars give him the air of a backstreet fighter, speaks thoughtfully and deliberately. “Wladimir always asks me why I’m so calm. He feeds off that. That’s why we spend so much time together. As I tell him so many times: ‘You don’t have to be upset to go across the ring and knock somebody out. You don’t have to be motivated all the time. You don’t have to have adrenalin. You know what you need to do: go do it.’ That’s how I feel about this fight with Joshua.”
He has to rein in Klitschko, he said. His ego will not allow him to rest.“I have to grab his ego and force it down, like your big dog gets all excited and you have to control him – calm, calm, calm. He’s all about work, work, work, work. And he’s listening. I’m pleased about that.”
Joshua, 27, sparred with Klitschko in his training camp three years ago. “I gave him pad work,” Banks said. “He’s a very, very good guy, a great athlete. I told him he’d be world champion one day. I saw the way he fights, the style, the way he carried himself. He’s the perfect guy next door.”Banks, though, may have a card up his sleeve see more Klitschko vs Joshua Live He trained Dillian Whyte the night Joshua had his most challenging outing so far in his unbeaten 18-fight professional career. They were fighting for the vacant British heavyweight title in December 2015, and Joshua won in the seventh round.