Wladimir Klitschko Gives His Take on Joshua vs. Wilder

Former undisputed heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko is very familiar with both Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs).

During the core run of his career, Klitschko had used both boxers as his sparring partners.

Wilder holds the WBC heavyweight crown, while Joshua has the IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO world titles.


Klitschko retired from the sport last year, a few months after suffering an eleventh round TKO loss to Joshua before a record crowd of 90,000 fans at Wembley in London. Many view it was the best performance of Klitschko's career.

Klitschko had Joshua down and hurt in the sixth round, but Joshua eventually rallied in the later rounds to stop the Ukrainian boxer in the eleventh.

A rematch was scheduled for last fall, but Klitschko decided to back away from a second fight and retired instead.

At the moment there are ongoing negotiations to stage a showdown between Wilder and Joshua in the coming months.

The two sides are currently at odds on the money and some of the other details, like the fight location. Both teams are going to continue their talks and hope to reach a deal in the near future.

Klitschko was asked for his opinion on a potential fight between the two undefeated world champions.

"They are completely different fighters. I know both of them. They were both at my training camp. We spent a lot of time with each other. They are completely different fighters," Klitschko told BBC.

"It's very difficult to calculate where Deontay Wilder's punches are coming from. But the strength, the core, the foundation that Anthony Joshua has, in addition to being an Olympic champion, and he has the great amateur experience that Wilder does not have. I'll be happy, super happy if I'm able to see him (Anthony Joshua) succeed. I told him 'the more you shine, the more I shine."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juggernaut666 on 06-20-2018

At the end of the day Wlad knows he knocked out Wilder and Joshua always takes it easy on opponents bc hes skillful . If the opposite was true Klitchko would have challenged Wilder and not a much more bigger…

Comment by chicken- on 06-19-2018

[QUOTE=lion33lit;18760513]Chicken! But he's BACK NOW after re-evaluating his issues and his LIFE! He beat the HUGGING Clinch Fest Monster with SUPERB counter punching and footwork TWO years before your hero got laid out and came back with his 26yr old…

Comment by Jimmy gold on 05-12-2018

AJ will demolish the garbag clown from Alabama and AJ will Unify the division

Comment by BLASTER1 on 05-12-2018

[QUOTE=Rockybigblower;18758064]Sounds more like Wlad is wishing AJ well but actually not really saying anything or making any type of prediction.[/QUOTE] Thats what i got out of the article. Although he did say he hopes AJ wins to make him look…

Comment by PensionKiller on 05-12-2018

AJ is a bit like Wlad style wise. He doesn't fully attack and tries to box and not get hit. He has power also but is more textbook which isn't a bad thing Wilder is't textbook and his power is…

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