There hasn’t been much chat ahead of Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko, but what little has been said by the Ukrainian doesn’t seem to have had much impact on Britain’s up-and-comer.
Klitschko’s comments made reference to his vast experience, with the 41-year-old saying: “Please excuse me and this may sound arrogant, but for example, a parallel: Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.”
The 41-year-old Ukrainian continued: “It’s there. It’s been there for a long time and will be there for a long time. You can climb it during a certain period of time: during two weeks in April I believe.
“You can get to the top and say ‘I conquered Everest’. Then you’ve got to run down because it’s going to take you down if you miss the time.
“After you’re down, a lot of people died there. Some made it, not many, but some made it back. But Mount Everest is still there. Is Mount Everest defeated? It’s still there and it’s going to take another life this April.”
That’s fighting talk, but if it was meant to intimidate Joshua, his social media game suggests such comments didn’t have the desired effect.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) April 12, 2017
The pair will contest the IBF, WBA Super and IBO titles on April 29 at Wembley in a battle of youth versus experience; Joshua remains 18 fights unbeaten having turned pro in 2013, but Klitschko has 21 years of experience along with 64 victories.
The pair have demonstrated a mutual respect for one another ahead of the much-anticipated fight, but Klitschko’s comments suggest that such respect hasn’t dulled his desire to win.
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