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.
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?
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“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.
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.”