Tuesday 22 August 2017

Joshua ready to 'end' Klitschko career

Anthony Joshua weighed in at a career-heaviest 17st 12lbs 10oz. Photo: Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images
Anthony Joshua weighed in at a career-heaviest 17st 12lbs 10oz. Photo: Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images
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Anthony Joshua weighed a career-heaviest 17st 12lbs 10oz as he dismissed as a "lie" challenger Wladimir Klitschko's claim the reason their Wembley Stadium fight is so big is because of him.

Klitschko, who was 10lb lighter, continued his attempts to get into the IBF heavyweight champion's mind by insisting that tonight's fight - which is expected to be attended by a British boxing post-war record crowd of 90,000 - is "my event".

The 41-year-old remains the most decorated heavyweight of his era but his career could be defined or ended by the outcome of his attempts to again win the IBF and WBA titles.

He said: "This is my event, even if it's his home.

"The majority - not everybody but the majority - are his fans, I totally get it, but I'm taking it as my event, my night, my fight, my ring, my win."

Joshua (27) has consistently been both relaxed and confident throughout this fight's near-five-month build-up, and asked about the Ukrainian's comments, he said: "Lie. Lie.

"He thinks it's about him? It takes two to tango, man. You know what I mean? It definitely takes two to tango. It's a very defining fight for himself, isn't it? April 29 is a lot, because when he gets beaten, that could be the end of him. That's why it's so defining, but what represents him doesn't represent me, this is just a part of my journey.

"I just have to create opportunities, and when they come, I'll explode then and take him on.

"If he claims to be a better boxer, so be it. When I start punching you in the jaw, you best stand up to my power," added the former Olympic champion.

Irish Independent

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