Ukrainian laughs off ‘eye injury’ claims as AJ promises ‘I will win… April 29 is another stepping stone toward greatness”

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EYEs OF THE TIGERs

Pair faced the media ahead of their blockbuster fight at Wembley on Saturday night with the 41-year-old dismissing claims he is injured

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO has laughed off claims he has picked up an eye injury in the build-up to his mega-fight with Anthony Joshua, branding it “fake news.”

While AJ has promised: “April 29 is another stepping stone toward greatness.”

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko faced each other in a press conference at Sky’s HQ Osterley

The pair square up at Wembley Stadium on Saturday in unquestionably the biggest fight of the year so far.

And Joshua, 27, reckons he is on the cards for another routine victory.


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The Watford ace said: “I will win, it is not rocket science, it is a fight, I will win.

“When I wrap it up it is a win on the record and we move on. We will continue to reign, I am sure.”

“I don’t underestimate any opponent and through mistakes I have learnt and got myself right.

“It’s just me and a man coming to blows and the best man will win. I enjoy the sport, I take it seriously and April 29 is another stepping stone toward greatness.”

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko lock fists as they face the media for their press conference

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko lock fists as they face the media for their press conference

Wladimir Klitschko has put his prediction for the fight on video and uploaded the file on to a USB stick

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Wladimir Klitschko has put his prediction for the fight on video and uploaded the file on to a USB stick

Klitschko kicked talk of an eye injury into touch though, dismissing any talk that he will not be at 100 per cent ahead of the heavyweight bout.

Asked about the claims, he said: “Fake news!”

Meanwhile Klitschko says he has put his video prediction for the fight on a memory stick, which he will reveal the results of after the bout, before selling the USB stick off for charity.

Anthony Joshua says fight with Wladimir Klitschko ‘is just me and a man coming to blows’


Wladimir Klitschko appeared alongside his brother Vitali at Sky HQ in Isleworth, West London

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Wladimir Klitschko appeared alongside his brother Vitali at Sky HQ in Isleworth, West London

The press conference featured promoter Eddie Hearn as well as the two boxers

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The press conference featured promoter Eddie Hearn as well as the two boxers

Wladimir Klitschko walked down into the press conference to Red Hot Chilli Peppers on the music

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Wladimir Klitschko walked down into the press conference to Red Hot Chilli Peppers on the music

Anthony Joshua also arrived at the press conference to plenty of fanfare

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Anthony Joshua also arrived at the press conference to plenty of fanfare

He held the small plastic stick up to the onlookers and said: “On this stick, I recorded a video last week (and) I gave my prediction.

“This stick is going to be integrated into my robe.

“Do not ask me, after that fight, what is on the stick.

“The only person who is going to be able to open it up and watch it is the person who buys this robe, with all the money going to the Klitschko Foundation.”

One of the on-going themes of Saturday’s bout has been the healthy level of respect between the two contenders.

But veteran Klitschko dispelled any talk of the two holding anything back for the clash.

He added: “Boxing is a violent sport. We all can be friendly with each other – respect is never going to get lost.

Promoters showed off the belt featuring engravings of both Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko ahead of the bout

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Promoters showed off the belt featuring engravings of both Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko ahead of the bout

Luke Campbell and Katie Taylor also paraded their Olympic gold medals with Joshua and Klitschko

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Luke Campbell and Katie Taylor also paraded their Olympic gold medals with Joshua and Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko soaks up the adulation at the Sky headquarters in Isleworth

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Wladimir Klitschko soaks up the adulation at the Sky headquarters in Isleworth

“But once that bell rings one man needs to go down and the other needs to conquer.

“When the last bell rings, we will shake hands again. In betwee, on the night, we will be enemies.

“We will definitely show the world that despite the violence, we can handle each respectfully before and after.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn also waxed lyrical about the presence of Klitschko in London.

He said: “It’s an honour to have Wladimir here – he’s a legend of the heavyweight division. This is his 29th world championship fight, and I know he’s got the bit between his teeth.

“We mustn’t forget what the sport of boxing did for Anthony Joshua.

“He is the perfect example of how this great sport changed his life.

“He is an honour to represent, but on Saturday he has the ultimate test.”

Wladimir Klitschko has put his Anthony Joshua fight prediction on a memory stick which he’ll attach to his robe

Meanwhile trainer Rob McCracken hailed Joshua’s form, claiming he is at the best he has ever been.

He said: “I think he is at the peak of his powers.

“Wladimir will find out on Saturday night because he isn’t even sure how good he will do, himself.

“It is going to be tough for him. He is going in with an extremely severe opponent.”



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