Joshua and Klitschko bring fight fascination to Sky campus

Joshua and Klitschko bring fight fascination to Sky campus

Joshua and Klitschko bring fight fascination to Sky campus

The respect in which Anthony Joshua holds Wladimir Klitschko was not evident in the crowd at Wembley Arena when the former decade-long world heavyweight champion entered for his public workout prior to Saturday's Stadium blockbuster. Its 17 years since I last fought in London on a Lennox Lewis undercard and I'm thrilled to be back among all of you'.

Heavyweight boxing is so often about hope and hype above authenticity, delusion rather than cold reality.

But the likelihood is that he would get a rematch with Joshua (below) even if he is beaten, as long as the first fight is not a major mismatch in the Brit's favour. In the heavyweight division, you don't need skills.

The 27-year-old from Watford won super-heavyweight gold at the 2012 Olympics in London before turning professional. A succession of easy knock-out wins followed as he started to climb the rankings including an impressive win over fellow British boxer Dillian Whyte.

For as historically dominant as Wladimir Klitschko had been from 2006 to 2015 - defending his heavyweight titles 18 consecutive times against anyone willing to get in line to face him - his reign came crashing down in surprising fashion thanks to an upset loss to Tyson Fury. His IBF title was vacated and unheralded American Charles Martin became champion.

Matchroom, Joshua's promoters, have experience of staging a fight at the iconic arena in front of a crowd almost four times as big as an average title fight after successfully pulling off the Carl Froch - George Groves rematch in 2014.

Two successful defenses have been made so far by Joshua but now he takes on his toughest test by far. Joshua vs. Klitschko is promoted by Matchroom Boxing, KMG and K2 Promotions and has officially sold out Wembley Stadium with a record-setting 90,000 tickets sold.

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Wladimir Klitschko is in confident mood of returning to the heavyweight big time by defeating Anthony Joshua What happens when you miss the weight in boxing? Who wants to watch something as special as this on their own? They believe that it's Joshua who will be more unsafe in the first half of the fight than he will in the second half. So if this is what comes with stepping up a level and a division I'm all for it. People talk to me about a comeback, Mikkel Kessler's doing it, and how rich I could be, how I can have one more. When Klitschko was asked about it, he would typically decline to discuss it and say he would think about that stuff once his career was over.

"With Joshua, he's got the height and he's got the power".

The fight has captured the imagination of boxing fans because of the fact that it could signal a true changing of the guard in boxing's glamour division.

The video sees Frank share his advice on dealing with everything from pre-match preparation, to embracing the passion of watching a fight and even suggests tuning into the "Great British Bake Off" in order to cool afterwards. He has to remain composed, not get frustrated when his opponent doesn't fall in the early stages and be wary of any dirty tricks that his opponent may try. It's going to be a different experience for Wladimir because he's going to be facing a pressure fighter that is going to be coming after him. But the kid from Watford turned IBF world champion stands in a sweet eddy in his division's turbulent waters - the past all promise, the future more auspicious still.

Who's going to win? "Joshua could make Klitschko quit". Joshua has nowhere near the experience of his opponent but he is on the way up not the way down as seems to be the case with his opponent.

The highly anticipated fight will air live on Showtime on Saturday, April 29 beginning at 4:15 p.m. ET from Wembley. I'm fresh. I'm ready and what would be better than me and Parker fighting for the unification and then have another unification where victor takes all at the end of the year?

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