Wilder warns Joshua: Klitschko fight is no formality

Lawrence Lustig

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder believes Wladimir Klitschko still has a lot to offer the division ahead of the Ukrainian’s unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

The pair clash on April 29 at Wembley Stadium, a fight that could see ‘The Bronze Bomber’ face the winner, and Wilder admits he’s torn between both champions when making his prediction for the PPV bout.

“We’ll see, there’s a lot that can be said about this fight as far as who wins and who doesn’t, but we’re only going to know until they get in the ring. My heart is for Joshua but my mind is always for Klitschko. We can’t count Klitschko out, I don’t think Joshua has had the well enough training or experience for Klitschko in my opinion,” Wilder told Jenna J at On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

“I’m not saying that Joshua would lose off that, but when you’re fighting a certain type of caliber of fighters and then you move all the way up to the guy who at one point in time was the ruler of the division and held the belts for a long time, it’s a big leap. We will see, maybe they got an idea or a plan that they are going to stand by, we’ll see what happens. It’s great that those guys are fighting, just to get the ball rolling.”

Wilder spent time sparring Klitschko in the past, sessions that helped him in his quest to be a world ruler – as did Joshua, who now gets the opportunity for real in a massive London event to be witnessed by 90,000 fans.

“When I was in there with him, I just learned that he’s very competitive. If you come hard, he tries to come back harder. It’s all about determining the will and who wants it the most when you’re in the ring facing Klitschko. He still has loopholes in his game but we all do,” Wilder stated.


“When a fighter discovers certain weaknesses in a fight, he himself has to execute those loopholes, but if you can’t do it, it’s something that’s just there. We all have different little holes in our game, we’re going to see if Joshua can execute the things that he needs to do in Klitschko’s territory. It’s going to be a great fight and I’m looking forward to watching it.

“I may even be there, I’m not sure yet,” he added.