Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Anthony Joshua Embraces Wladimir Klitschko Being at Ringside

By Edward Chaykovsky

IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (17-0, 17KOs) has no problem with Wladimir Klitschko sitting at ringside next Saturday night to watch him defend his title against Eric Molina at Manchester Arena. The fight will be carried live by Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua will defend his title against big puncher Eric Molina. If he wins, he will then face Klitschko in on a date in March or April with the vacant WBA, IBO world titles also at stake.

Klitschko is expected to be at ringside to examine his next potential opponent. The Ukrainian boxer has been out of the ring since last November, when he lost a twelve round decision to Tyson Fury. Their rematch was postponed twice, by Fury, who eventually vacated the belts to deal with his mental health issues.


Joshua says there won't be any added pressure to put in an impressive performance with Klitschko watching on a few feet away.

"No, no problem at all," Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ. "I'm not fighting Klitschko right now and if he wants to come down, have a little look, no problem.

"He's more than welcome. If I had the time, I would go to his fights as well, and that's just what we do. The one thing I learned is that watching someone is completely different to being opposite them, throwing punches.

"Anyone who is sat watching, who is a potential opponent - it's a completely different ball game when you step into the ring. That's why I'm not really bothered who is watching, if I'm going to fight them. Face to face, it's a completely different story."

Joshua is planning to stick to his game plan. He doesn't plan to do anything out of character to send a message to Klitschko.

"My career, my discipline, my consistency, that's all the message, the package we've been sending across to people," said Joshua. "I think that speaks louder than maybe a couple of rounds, or a 36-minute fight.

"Whatever message is sent, it is important, but what is most important is getting through the fight and making sure I go in there and do the job against Klitschko, if that fight happens."    

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Simurgh on 11-28-2016

Wlad will be way too old and inactive by the time he faces joshua. as wlad's fan I dont like that fight at all. Fury screwed wlad much more than giving him the first loss after 10 years or so..…

Comment by sammybee on 11-28-2016

AJ is favorite but Molina will expose him.

Comment by RuslanChagaev on 11-28-2016

Another crappy fight by Joshua... He continue 2 face with weak opponents... Charles Martin, Breazeale, Molina, Who's Next?

Comment by Illmatic94 on 11-28-2016

how far up the P4P list would joshua propel if he beats the 40 yr old klitschko who everyone agrees is past it?

Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 11-28-2016

Wlad is my favorite fighter of all time, but he needs to retire asap

Top Headlines
Frank Warren: Joshua Should Vacate Belts, Get It On With Fury Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder II: Afterthoughts Breidis Says Tickets Going Through The Roof For Dorticos Bout Chris Jenkins vs. Johnny Garton II To Feature On Dubois vs. Joyce Warren on Fury: That Was Best Performance By British Boxer Whyte: Tyson Fury Knows I Got What it Takes To Beat Him! Davison: Fury Stopping Wilder Shocked Me, I Was Surprised Chocolatito on Kal Yafai: It's Going To Be One Hell of a Fight Davison: Wilder Did Not Look Confident, It Was Round 13 For Fury Fury Fulfilled Pledge He Made 7 Years Ago - To Knock Wilder Out Warren: Wilder's Manager Called, Says Fury Trilogy is Likely Kenny Porter Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Jose Ramirez Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Caleb Plant Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Whyte To Hearn: How About Doing What's Right, Getting My Shot Wilder's Managers Expect Third Fight With Fury To Happen Next Michael Hunter Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Claressa Shields Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Devin Haney Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Thomas Hearns Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Hearn: I Expect Wilder To Request Rematch - Where Else Can He Go? Wilder's Head Trainer: I Don't Think Breland Should’ve Thrown Towel Laila Ali Teases Ring Return For Superfight With Claressa Shields Navarrete: If No Unification Bout Soon - I'll Move Up To 126 Charles Martin: This Has Just Given Me More Confidence Wilder-Fury Rematch Broke Heavyweight Gate Record In Vegas Tyson Fury Smiles: Not Bad For Someone With Pillow Fists! Tyson Fury Beats Down, Drops, Stops Deontay Wilder Charles Martin Takes Down Gerald Washington in Six Emanuel Navarrete Batters, Stops Santisima To Retain Haye: Deontay Wilder's Biggest Downfall is His Biggest Weapon Teofimo Lopez Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder SugarHill Steward Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Frank Warren Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Wilder Bob Arum Reacts To Tyson Fury Stopping Deontay Wilder Wilder's Trainer Explains Towel Coming in To Stop Fight Tyson Fury Reacts To Stopping Deontay Wilder Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder Rematch - Official Scorecards Deontay Wilder Has 30 Days To Exercise Clause For Fury Trilogy Hearn: I Spoke To Anthony Joshua, He Wants Tyson Fury Next!
Latest Forum Threads