London, December 15
Britain’s heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua says beating Ukrainian veteran Wladimir Klitschko in their mouthwatering showdown for the IBF and WBA crowns next April would entitle him to be called a legend.
The 27-year-old 2012 London Olympic Games champion who defended his IBF title successfully last Saturday against American journeyman Eric Molina will face off against Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley Stadium and said the bout could be a life-changing experience for him.
“A knockout is the cherry on top but to win, whichever way, is very possible,” said Joshua at a press conference also attended by Klitschko at Wembley on Wednesday. “This is a fight that can change one from champion to legend overnight. It will draw masses of attention and they are the type of fights that can change the way people view you.”
Klitschko — who will be 41 by the time the bout takes place said he has stayed in the sport since losing his WBA, IBF and WBO belts in a surprise defeat by troubled British pugilist Tyson Fury in November 2015 expressly to regain his titles.
“I am obsessed with my goal to become the champion again,” said Klitschko, who has not fought since that defeat.
Klitschko admitted even to addressing Joshua as ‘little bro’ although he added it didn’t mean he would go easy on him in the ring. “We are friends in a certain way,” said Klitschko. “I did call him little bro’ but even when I am in the ring with my bro’, I am very competitive,” he added.