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Joshua Thinks Vitali, Fiance Will Advise Klitschko To Avoid Rematch

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

ANTHONY JOSHUA has offered Wladimir Klitschko a rematch anywhere in the world - if his family let him.

Britain’s new king of the ring picked himself up off the canvas to stop Klitschko in the 11th round of their sensational heavyweight clash on Saturday night.

Former champ Klitschko has a rematch clause he can trigger if he wants another shot at Joshua.

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But the new IBF, IBO and WBA champion doesn’t think Klitschko’s actress finance Hayden Panettiere will let him.

“I think he will want to have a rematch because a fighter is the last one who knows when it is time to stop,” said Joshua. “But I think the team around him i.e. his fiance - and they normally wear the trousers – and his brother. They will advise him differently.

“I have the ultimate respect for him inside and outside of the ring. I wouldn’t mind fighting him again if he wants the rematch. It’s up to him. I don’t mind as long as my trainer Rob McCracken thinks it’s good to go, I’ll go.”

Joshua banked £15m for his breathtaking win in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley.

And promoter Eddie Hearn warned the like of Tyson Fury that Klitschko will be at the front of the queue to fight Joshua next.

“He will probably say he wants the rematch as any champion would,” said Hearn. “Whether he feels the same in a month’s time after reflection....we have no rush at all.

“We’re certainly not going to be opening negotiations with any other fighter until we know what Wladimir Klitschko is going to do. He came here, so we may go to Germany. I always said if no-one wants to see a rematch, it’s unlikely to happen. If people want to see a rematch, it’s likely to happen.”

Joshua is now ready to dominate the heavyweight division for years to come.

But Klitschko has warned him that he has plenty of chinks in his armour.

“I think he beat me and won the fight to show his qualities,” said the Ukrainian. “How he will develop we will see. I think he is vulnerable, that is maybe something he will need to work on. He is today a success. He is unified champion today. You have to respect it.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lebontu on 05-01-2017

Wlad should let Anthony go for other belts, giving credits to Joshua who accepted the challenge and didn't duck wasting the valuable Wlad's time. Now Wlad has to do the same and let Joshua go without wasting his time. Fan's…

Comment by umop-ap!sdn on 05-01-2017

He should target Parker. The Klit we saw against AJ would beat Parker. That could set up a rematch against AJ or a clash wit Wilder. If he can pull off da W against wilder than he and AJ could…

Comment by deathofaclown on 05-01-2017

He should retire. What that said, he's a very competitive man obviously and he will be sat there now feeling he let Joshua off the hook. He will be feeling like he can actually beat Joshua even though he lost.…

Comment by MC Hammer on 05-01-2017

Went out and passed the torch without being embarrassed. Its a great ending and he has so much he can do outside the ring. Hopefully he lets the rematch go. Get his 1st ballot HoF spot and does great things…

Comment by turnedup on 05-01-2017

Of course he should fight on, he looked fantastic after a 17 month layoff. This version of Wlad should take that strap from Parker later this year and then take the rematch with Joshua in early 2018 and call it…

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