Joshua reckons he knows exactly how to down Ukrainian when they meet in front of 90,000
ANTHONY JOSHUA has revealed the tactics he will use to defeat Wladimir Klitschko in tonight’s mega-fight at Wembley.
The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist faces the defining fight of his fledgling career from 10pm on Saturday.
It is the richest fight on UK soil, worth £50million, and the biggest — with 90,000 cramming in to the national stadium.
On the line is the IBF heavyweight title, which Joshua has twice defended since winning it a year ago, as well as the vacant WBA Super and IBO belts.
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For Joshua, 27, from nearby Watford, this is just the 19th professional fight on his CV.
Yet he faces the formidable Ukrainian Klitschko, 41, whose nine-year, seven-month reign as heavyweight world champion, featured 18 successful defences on the bounce.
That is second only to American legend Joe Louis, who was champion for more than 11 years and defended his belts 25 times.
But, in conjunction with Great Britain amateur coach Rob McCracken, Joshua has devised the masterplan which he feels will KO Klitschko and maintain his unbeaten professional record.
1. With someone like Klitschko, you have to stay off the line at all times. Use little head movements to slip the Ukrainian’s attacks.
2. Speed is key. I am 14 years younger than my opponent and need to take full advantage of being younger and faster than a man who has been out of the ring for 17 months.
3. Put your combos together and if you are that quick — bang, bang, bang — you will meet Klitschko’s attacks and stop them in their tracks.
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4. Klitschko is a man who is quite tall and who uses his height well. He dips his chin rather than his whole torso.
He likes to stay relaxed and manoeuvre his opponent with the left hand, like a smokescreen. Don’t let him get you where he wants you.
5. He keeps you at bay. Stay there, stay there, and then bang, he hopes for the knockout. But in his last fight, against Tyson Fury, Klitschko landed only 52 punches in 12 rounds and that eventually cost him.