Anthony Joshua backed to defeat Wladimir Klitschko… by Ukrainian’s close pal and boxing trainer Freddie Roach

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Hall of Fame coach is tipping youth to triumph over experience – even if he does get it in the neck from Dr Steelhammer

FREDDIE ROACH has risked the wrath of close pal Wladimir Klitschko by backing Anthony Joshua this Saturday.

IBF heavyweight champ Joshua, 27, is taking on the 41-year-old Ukrainian in London in front of 90,000 fans in Klitschko’s first fight since he lost to Tyson Fury in 2015.

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Freddie Roach is backing Anthony Joshua against close pal Wladimir Klitschko

The Brit’s title is on the line, as is the vacant WBA belt formerly held by Dr Steelhammer.


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Hall of Fame boxing trainer Roach, 57, has based his prediction on youth vs experience, but questioned just how much of his old friend is left.

Roach told Sky Sports News HQ: “Experience is a really, really huge obstacle for young guys.

“But how much can he really bring to the table, how much of that old Klitschko can he bring back?

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko collide on Saturday in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko collide on Saturday in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley

Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach fears Wladimir Klitschko cannot offer what he once could

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Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach fears Wladimir Klitschko cannot offer what he once could

Wladimir Klitschko has not fought since losing to Tyson Fury in 2015

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Wladimir Klitschko has not fought since losing to Tyson Fury in 2015
Anthony Joshua posts a message to his fans ahead of showdown with Klitschko


“He’s in a very difficult situation right now – does he have one more left or not? We’ll see very soon.

“I’m really excited about being a spectator in there with 80,000 (sic) people going crazy. It should be a lot of fun and I hope I get a good seat.

Anthony Joshua is 14 years younger than Wladimir Klitschko and in the shape of his life

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Anthony Joshua is 14 years younger than Wladimir Klitschko and in the shape of his life

Veteran boxer Wladimir Klitschko boasts a lot more experience than Anthony Joshua

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Veteran boxer Wladimir Klitschko boasts a lot more experience than Anthony Joshua
Wladimir Klitschko shows off dance moves in training ahead of Joshua boxing bout
Roach said even though he is friends with Klitschko, he is going to have to pick Joshua for the win.

He added: “I’m going to go with youth even though Klitschko is my friend – he’ll be mad at me but I think youth should prevail.”

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