Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua primed for Wladimir Klitschko showdown

February 20, 2017 8:54 am Published by

Anthony Joshua cannot wait to be “let off the leash” for his heavyweight showdown with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on April 29.

The unbeaten Brit, who has won all 18 of his professional bouts to date by knockout, will put his IBF title on the line against Klitschko, while the vacant WBA and IBO belts will also be up for grabs.

The 27-year-old is full of respect for his Ukrainian opponent, but he is ready to adopt a “killer” approach in the ring come fight night.

“Come the night I have to be a killer,” said Joshua at a promotional event. “If you are not a killer in this game, you get eaten alive. I’m like a tamed animal – until I’m let off the leash in the ring.”

Should Joshua win the fight then he will hold three of the five major heavyweight belts, with Deontay Wilder (WBC) and Joseph Parker (WBO) possessing the other two, but he believes he can only be considered the very best if he goes on to unify the division.

He added: “There will still be work to be done before I can think of making that claim (being the number one heavyweight).”

“I might see myself as the universal heavyweight champion if I unify all the titles. That’s not easy to do with so many mandatory defences for the different belts but that’s my aim.”

Joshua is priced at 1.44 to beat Klitschko on April 29, while the Ukrainian is available at 2.80 and the draw is on offer at 26.00.


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