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Joshua Says a Win Over Klitschko Won't Make Him World's Best

Anthony Joshua believes that even victory over Wladimir Klitschko will not earn him widespread recognition as the world’s leading heavyweight.

With victory at Wembley Stadium on April 29, the IBF champion can also win the WBA/IBO titles and the scalp of the heavyweight who, in the absence of Tyson Fury, is considered the planet’s finest.

Victory over Klitschko would also represent a superior achievement than any secured by the WBC champion Deontay Wilder and WBO titlist Joseph Parker.

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However the 27-year-old Joshua believes that only when a fighter has secured all four titles, regardless of the opposition they may have beaten, will they no longer be questioned as the world’s best.

“You have to unify the division to gain that respect,” Joshua said. “But I do think you gain a level of respect that can’t be denied.

Joshua added: “This (beating Klitschko) would definitely put you on a pedestal for sure. (But) I would never claim to be the universal heavyweight champion because I’ve never unified the division.

“That’s a status in itself, so in my opinion I need to do a bit more work before I can claim that.”

Joshua regardless recognises the victory he expects to earn at Wembley could signal the end of Klitschko’s career, with the 40-year-old bidding to avoid back-to-back defeats.

Asked of the likelihood of him retiring one of the finest heavyweight champions in history, he responded: “Very possible. There’s no doubt about it: if I fight as long as Wladimir I’d have another 14 years left, and he can’t possibly have another 14 years left.

“I can definitely push him aside and create a pathway for me to reign for a long time.”

As yet again the bigger fighter, Klitschko’s greatest asset on April 29 is likely to be the consistent, concussive jab that has given him such a level of control against so many opponents, but Joshua has already been focusing on how to negate his challenger’s biggest strength.

“Look at (Evander) Holyfield v Buster Douglas, he said ‘I’m going to double jab him’,” said Joshua. “He soon picked him apart.

“You can either jab with a jabber, or you can take the jab away from a jabber, with the parry, the slip, the feint. The heavyweight division when I came around, they have all been tall. Wladimir had a lot of wide and stocky (opponents).

“I learnt how to jab with people, double it up and deal with their range.

“I’m not the best I’ll be yet, but I have learnt and can definitely throw a double jab. When you take away one of his main weapons, what will be next? It will be interesting.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juggernaut666 on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=Jkp;17431959]Do some research on Joshua's resume. It's truly pathetic. The only live fighter in there is Whyte, and he's just an over hyped domestic level b grade kick boxer. But Wilders resume not much better. Parker is only one who…

Comment by bluepete on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=mlac;17431426]Having 1 win V a shot 41 year old who hasnt for nearly 2 year's = 'the best resume'? :lol1:[/QUOTE] Compared to Wilder and Parker yeah. Wilders best win in Stiverne. Parker is Ruiz. Wlad could be 50 and he'd…

Comment by diarraisagod on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=Jkp;17431944]Rubbish. There are at least 5 other heavy weights who would probably beat joshua.[/QUOTE] 1. I highly doubt it. 2. 'Would probably beat' means jack ****. It's about what they've actually done. In nearly every case beating Klitschko would be…

Comment by mlac on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=Jkp;17431932]And until then he still has the worst belt holders resume of all time.[/QUOTE] Er you know charles martin held a belt...right?

Comment by Jkp on 02-17-2017

[QUOTE=juggernaut666;17431575]Klitchko would knock Parkers lights out , Parker is on HUGHIE Fury level and Wilder resume is glass compared to Joshuas ,you are a fool if you think Joshua wont have the best resume if he wins , mlac the…

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