Vitali Klitschko says younger brother will not make same mistakes he did against Tyson Fury
ANTHONY JOSHUA reckons Wladimir Klitschko is 12 years past his sell by date as they put finishing touches to preparations for their heavyweight blockbuster.
The IBF world champion, who meets the Ukrainian at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, has snubbed more recent videos of Klitschko’s fights and has studied film of the Ukrainian from 2005 when Joshua believes his rival was at his best.
Joshua, 27, said: “I think 2005 was the good sharp Wladimir. In that year, he was throwing more punches, boxing better I have watched that year because I wanted to prepare for the best Wladimir.
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“But Klitschko is 41 now, Father Time is something no one can deny as Father Time is genetical [sic] and I don’t think he will be able to cope with my training camp.
“Hard work has to become smart work as you get older and right now I am more hard work than smart because I am pushing myself to the limit.
“Klitschko will want to start the fight fast because he won’t be able to keep the same pace as me.
“Is it a defining fight? I don’t think so because it won’t be the end of my career. When he gets beat that could be the end of him, that’s why it could be defining for him.”
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In 2005, Klitschko added Eliseo Castillo and Samuel Peter to his long list of victims and the following year began his second reign as world champion with victory over Chris Byrd for the IBF title.
Wladimir’s older brother Vitali is convinced his sibling won’t make the same mistakes against Joshua as he made when losing his titles to Tyson Fury – who hit out at Joshua by calling him a “b****”.
Vitali insists Joshua is one dimensional while you could never tell what Fury was going to do next.
He said: “Fury was unpredictable but Joshua is very good for my brother.
“Can you imagine if for almost ten years you fight every contender, challenger and beat everyone and then suddenly you under-estimate your opponent, which is what happened against Fury.
“Everyone has a strong side and weakness. I know my brother well, probably better than anyone, and his weakness is concentration, his focus on the fight. But I never saw my brother so focused on a fight like this.
“If Wladimir has the same concentration as in training camp, everything will be good – and Wladimir will show the whole world once more that he is the best.
“Joshua is a very good fighter with great skills, a great record but he has never fought a high quality opponent like Wladimir.
“It will be no easy game for Joshua.”