Joshua: Knocking Klitschko Out Would Be The Cherry on Top!

By Elliot Foster

Anthony Joshua is aiming to write his name in the books of heavyweight history when he takes on Wladimir Klitschko next year.

The IBF king, who dismantled Inter-Continental champion and number eight-ranked challenger Eric Molina inside three rounds last Saturday at Manchester Arena, will take on the Ukrainian at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua’s clash with Klitschko will take place on April 29, with Sky Sports Box Office airing the fight exclusively in the UK.


RTL will pay nearly £4million into the promotion to be handed the exclusive rights to screen the showdown in Germany.

And the 27-year-old believes that the fight, which Klitschko described as ‘signature’ for both fighters, is one which can propel him to new heights.

“To win [this fight] in whichever way is very possible,” Joshua told press on Wednesday. “This fight is not a problem for me, it’s just a clash of the titans.”

Joshua goes into the fight against the 40-year-old (64-4, 53 KOs) at the national stadium with a ring record of 18 wins from 18 contests, with all 18 coming inside the distance.

“This is a fight that can change you from champion to legend overnight. It’s a fight that can bring the masses out, attract massive attention and can change you in an instant.

“A knockout in this fight, however, would be the cherry on top. This is history, it’s an amazing opportunity to be fighting here at Wembley and the time is now.

“I need to start building my reputation as a major player in the heavyweight division and cementing my legacy within the sport.”

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said last week, after the fight was announced for the Watford man’s belt and the vacant WBA Super and vacant IBO straps, that the US broadcaster has not been confirmed yet due to the pair having different deals.

Joshua has a contract to have his fights screened Stateside on Showtime, while Klitschko has historically fought on HBO.

Hearn also revealed that the Ring Magazine bauble could be up for grabs in the clash between Joshua and Klitschko.

“This is one of the stages, the platforms, that you simply can't dream of,” Joshua continued.

“I just have to put my head down, prepare for a tough 12-round fight, say my prayers and hope that I come out winner on the night against somebody [in Klitschko] who I respect massively and take a lot of inspiration from as a man out of the ring.”


Rocky Fielding has signed a new managerial deal.

The super-middleweight contender, from Liverpool, is the current holder of the WBC International title.

Fielding (23-1, 13 KOs) was last in action on October 15, exclusively live on Sky Sports, when he ousted Istvan Zeller inside two rounds at the ECHO Arena.

And the former Commonwealth champion, who was drilled inside a round by Callum Smith in November, 2015 when the pair met for the vacant British crown will now be on the hunt for big fights.

It was thought that the 29-year-old would be out again before the end of the year, but he recently said on social media that he will not return until 2017.

When his next fight does come around, it will be with the backing of MGM Marbella, with whom he has signed a management contract.

Matthew Macklin, of the Puerto Banus-based outfit, will work alongside trainer Oliver Harrison and promoter Eddie Hearn in the guidance of Fielding’s career from this point on.

"I think this will be great for my career,” said Fielding, who is planning an assault on the world scene in the new year.

“I know MGM will get me the fights that I need to get to a world title and I'm really excited to be a part of the team.

“I'm looking to get out early in 2017, being busy and staying active. I want to be in a position where I'm challenging for a world title and I believe I'm only one or two fights away from that.”

The management team at the organisation are delighted with the capture of Fielding and believe that they are the team to carry him forward into big fights next year.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 12-15-2016

I like AJ but his preparation for this fight has been terrible. Dillian Whyte just fought someone better (chisora) than all of AJ's previous opponents and Chisora is not even Klitschko level. Yes Fury beat Wlad but he did it…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-15-2016

AJ stops Wladimir, he is the future of the division, a Wilder vs Joshua unification would be amazing.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-15-2016

[QUOTE=Digital Mouth;17280303]Have people forgotten Tyson Fury has already comprehensively beaten Klitschko? :fingersx:[/QUOTE] Tyson who?!

Comment by BOXING-SCRIBE on 12-15-2016

AJ will lose to Wlad, I like the kid, but he'll lose and Fury will have to come back and beat wlad and clean up tge division

Comment by BOXING-SCRIBE on 12-15-2016

[QUOTE=Digital Mouth;17280303]Have people forgotten Tyson Fury has already comprehensively beaten Klitschko? :fingersx:[/QUOTE] That's exactly what I was going to say.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Golovkin Promoter Explains GGG's Position: He Wants Fair Split! De La Hoya To Golovkin: Go Fight Derevyancheko For $1 Million! Daily Bread Mailbag: Loma vs. Tank, Mikey Garcia, Russell, More Jamie McDonnell Confirms He Will Move Up After KO Loss's Television Picks of The Week - May 26 Dubois Gives Deontay Wilder The Edge To Beat Anthony Joshua Jarrett Hurd Turns Back on Lara Rematch, Wants Kell Brook Next The Unfortunate Reality of Canelo-GGG Rematch Negotiations Luis Ortiz Waiting For WBC To Make Ruling on Whyte Fight Linares: I Did Not Quit With Lomachenko, I'd Like a Rematch Photos: Ramirez-Mendez, Nyambayar-Escandon - PBC Weigh-In Evens Pierre Knocks Francisco Contreras Out in Seventh De La Hoya Smiles at Golovkin: Good Luck With Derevyanchenko! Photos: Ancajas vs. Sultan, Yafai vs. Carmona - Ready For War Artur Szpilka Drops, Dominates Dominick Guinn Over Ten Rounds Miguel Cotto Helping Polish The Skills of Angel Acosta Izu Ugonoh Returns, Stops Fred Kassi in Three Rounds Photos: David Lemieux Looks Depleted at Weigh-In For Achour Mazion vs. Pauldo - Golden Boy on ESPN Co-Main Set, June 8 Danny Garcia vs. Shawn Porter Deal Reached For WBC Title Berchelt vs. Barros Finalized For Merida, To Be Carried By ESPN+ David Lemieux Fails To Make Weight, Move To 168 is Eyed Luis Nery: I'll Prove I'm The Best at 118, I Want My Title Back Joshua, Hearn Stand Firm: Wilder Fight Must Be in The UK News: Tyson Fury's Return, Bare Knuckle Boxing, James Beech Epic Sports CEO on Securing Whyte-Pulev, Signing Fighters, More Inoue Confirms He’ll Compete in WBSS Bantamweight Tournament Brendan Ingle, Dean Francis Pass Away: Boxing World Mourns Tony Bellew "100%" Interested In Fighting Oleksandr Usyk Inoue Blows Out McDonnell in 1st Round to Win Bantamweight Title Trout: I'm Going To Derail Charlo-Hurd, Get Rematch With Hurd! Shiro Knocks Out Lopez With Body Shot in 2nd Round of Rematch Warren: Tyson Fury Will Avoid Comeback Mistakes of Haye Kal Yafai is Keen To Make a Statement in American Debut Frank Bruno Backing Dan Azeez To Go Far in Boxing Haye: Joe Joyce Would Take Jarrell Miller and Dillian Whyte Apart Demecillo Knocks Out Moya, Wenceslao Destroys Tinampay Wilder: Trump is Huge Boxing Fan, Wants a KO in My Next Fight Warrington: I Was Doubted at Every Level, Now I'm Champion Regis Prograis: I Knew Jose Ramirez Wasn't Going to Fight Me

Latest Active Forum Threads