Anthony Joshua: I Need Klitschko on My Side, For Knowledge

IBF, IBO, WBA WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) would like to get advice on a regular basis from former division ruler Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko had used Joshua as a sparring partner in the past.

But last April, before a crowd of 90,000 at Wembley in London, the two former sparring partners met in the ring to trade punches in a 'Fight of The Year' encounter.

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Joshua dropped Klitschko in the fifth round, with the veteran fighting his way out of danger. Klitschko came roaring back in the sixth drop Joshua and had him in serious trouble. Klitschko took over the contest, before Joshua rallied in the down the stretch to score two more knockdowns in the eleventh round for a TKO win.

A rematch was planned for the fall, but Klitschko changed his mind and made a decision to retire from the sport.

Klitschko was one of the most dominant heavyweights of the last 30 years.

Prior to losing back to back fights to Joshua and Tyson Fury, Klitschko was undefeated for a decade.

Joshua has a lot of respect for Klitschko and the two fighters are always praising each other in the press.

"If [Klitschko] can give me a little bit of his knowledge, I think it will spur me on to do better than I project," Joshua said to Sky Sports.

"I need him on my side, definitely. I have so much respect for him. His brain is like a boxing encyclopedia. I will always look at [Klitschko], even though I beat him, as the better man because he's done more than me.

"Even though I beat him that night, in terms of his overall career, he's done so much. I will always take my hat off to him, and respect him. [Klitschko] was in the era when mistakes were looked at as a way to improve yourself," Joshua said. "He lost [three] times then reigned as heavyweight champion for 10 years.

"That's phenomenal - he must have learned so much. When you fail, then you go again, then you fail, then you go again - he built himself to perfection."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sid-Knee on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=Switch Hitter93;18684672]Everythings cool mate, getting there. Yeah looking back at yesterday I was out of order. I've had a clouded view of aj since the Whyte fight. I should be less critical and to be fair, who am I to…

Comment by 5000boxing on 04-19-2018

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Comment by 5000boxing on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=Tyrone Biggums;18681187]Nobody fears bum squad Whyte cant wait to take his soul[/QUOTE] the same whyte that lost to chinsora an a.j.. who is whtye? Ortiz stops aj and whtye same night. Lol.

Comment by Introspective on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18683636]Wow, that has the rank as the most honest post I've ever read. Hope everything is good with you. However, your sniping at Joshua seems to be unjust. Everything he seems to do people like you have some sort of…

Comment by DaveOO on 04-19-2018

Klitschko arrives for advice session number one: "So OK Anthony, so this is the one two punch combination.... do that first....Then you have to clinch and grapple with them.... make sure the opponent is always smaller than you so that…

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