Sport Klitschko says Joshua beating him is akin to scaling Mount Everest

01:05  12 april  2017
01:05  12 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

Joshua's awesome strength no guarantee of success, says Klitschko

  Joshua's awesome strength no guarantee of success, says Klitschko Wladimir Klitschko believes Anthony Joshua is taking false confidence from his muscular build into their world heavyweight title fight. He also insists their April 29 date at Wembley has not come too early in Joshua's career and does not want to hear claims to the contrary after the event.Klitschko and Joshua are expected to attract a post-war British boxing record crowd of 90,000 when the latter makes the latest defence of his IBF title and and when they will also fight for the WBA championship last held by Tyson Fury.

The undefeated Anthony Joshua will fight Klitschko on April 29 (Bongarts/). The loss before the Fury defeat was in 2004, his first with Manny Steward in his corner, and he was beaten in five rounds by Lamon Brewster. “Now it is my window, you know, boxing is like Mount Everest ,” said Klitschko .

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Anthony Joshua, left, and Wladimir Klitschko fight at Wembley Stadium on April 29: Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko Press Conference - Wembley Stadium © PA WIRE Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko Press Conference - Wembley Stadium

Wladimir Klitschko has warned Anthony Joshua he will be facing his Everest when they fight at Wembley Stadium on April 29.

The 41-year-old is bidding to win Joshua's IBF heavyweight title and the WBA belt last held by Tyson Fury in front of what is expected to be a post-war record crowd of 90,000 for a boxing event in the United Kingdom.

He represents the biggest challenge of the 27-year-old Joshua's career, in which he has so far fought only 18 times and barely at world level.

In contrast Klitschko's only defeat in 11 years came against Joshua's compatriot Fury, a vastly different fighter. After the Ukrainian dismissed suggestions he is in decline, he compared his exceptional longevity with the world's highest peak, and the scale of the task Joshua has to overcome.

Klitschko: Joshua facing Everest

  Klitschko: Joshua facing Everest Wladimir Klitschko has warned Anthony Joshua he will be facing Everest when they fight at Wembley Stadium on April 29. The 41-year-old is bidding to win Joshua's IBF heavyweight title and the WBA belt last held by Tyson Fury in front of what is expected to be a post-war record crowd of 90,000 for a boxing event in the United Kingdom.Klitschko took to Twitter to mock Joshua's claims on Tuesday that he "needs to be a billionaire", and the former WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion has now aimed a further dig in the Brit's direction.

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"Please excuse me and this may sound arrogant, but for example, a parallel: Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world," Klitschko said.

"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.

"It's just the track of history. It was 27 years ago when I started (fighting as a professional) and I am still here. I have guys who have conquered me in certain periods of time out of the 68 fights.

US TV deal reached for Joshua vs Klitschko

  US TV deal reached for Joshua vs Klitschko HBO Boxing and Showtime will share US broadcast rights for Joshua vs Klitschko on April 29th at Wembley Stadium. The super-fight has been shared by the US broadcasters due to Joshua having a deal with Showtime whilst Klitschko has an exclusive deal with HBO. Showtime will broadcast the fight live at 4:15 p.m. ET/1:15 p.m. PT. HBO will then broadcast the fight later that evening at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT. Speaking to Sky Sports, Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn was pleased to get the deal over the line. “It takes a special fight to break down barriers and boundaries but also networks and executives who believe in working with the best interest of fight fans in mind.” “With the obstacles in place it would have been any easy resolution to not air the fight in the States but I want to thank HBO and Showtime for their perseverance and allowing America to see one hell of a fight at our national stadium.

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‘Please excuse me if this sounds arrogant,’ says Klitschko . ‘But for parallel example: Mount Everest .’ Wladimir Klitschko is training for his bout with Anthony Joshua , high in the Austrian mountains . Klitschko believes he beat himself when he went down to Tyson Fury in Dusseldorf in 2015.

"Four of them have made it out of a 21-year professional career. The rest didn't. Most didn't and the most amazing thing is I'm still here: they're not."

Klitschko also revealed the time he realised Joshua was no ordinary fighter.

In 2014 Joshua visited his training camp to help Klitschko prepare for his defeat of Kubrat Pulev, and the then-champion noticed the extent to which the young fighter tried to learn.

"He impressed me with his attitude," he said. "He was very raw. I have to say the truth, but he was the Olympic champion, he carried himself well.

"He was in the background and learning. Sometimes you need to be quiet and just watch. He was observing everything.

"It is unusual. I had Olympic champions in my camp and former world champions. The attitude is totally different. I liked AJ's attitude. He was not trying to impress anybody.

"He backed off, he was sitting on the side, not talking too much. He was watching, learning, asking questions. He was very polite. He was different than others at this stage of experience and achievements in sport."

:: Sky Sports Box Office will show Joshua v Klitschko exclusively live on 29 April. To book go to www.skysports.com/joshua.

Short film of Anthony Joshua's life to be shown before Wladimir Klitschko fight .
Anthony Joshua has revisited the journey that took him from teenage tearaway to world heavyweight champion in the build up to his April 29 fight with Wladimir Klitschko. The 27-year-old, who makes the latest defence of his IBF title at Wembley Stadium and who also bids to win the WBA belt last held by Tyson Fury, has featured in a short film alongside his mum Yeta Odusanya that captures his rise.It was in football that Joshua first showed his athletic promise, but there were also frequent brushes with the law, most noticeably in 2010 when - by the time he was an amateur boxer - he was arrested with cannabis in his car.

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