Exclusive: Joshua plays down Klitschko mega-event as ‘just another fight’

Joe Hewlett 28/04/2017

Esther Lin

It feels like only yesterday Carl Froch settled his grudge match against George Groves in front of 80,000 fans. The Cobra produced a devastating right hook flush to the chin of Groves to retain his IBF and WBA belts.

Opening the Wembley card back in 2014, was a novice in Anthony Joshua. The 27-year-old made light work of defeating Matt Legg in ruthless style to record his sixth successive victory.

Fast forward four years, the Watford man returns to Wembley as the main man, taking on Wladimir Klitschko. The spectacle will be the biggest attended match-up since Len Harvey and Jock McAvoy in 1939.

Eddie Hearn has dubbed it as ‘the biggest fight in UK history,’ but Joshua was quick to dismiss the hype surrounding the mega-fight.

“For me personally, it’s just another day where I fight another person. You guys (the media) will soon forget about this fight in twenty years’ time – that’s how it goes in this world, people move on, it’s a military mindset. I’m a fighter, I don’t get caught up with the entertainment side. I just go with the flow, it’s military mindset out there. When you win what d’ya do? You get up and fight again,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.

During the final press conference, Klitschko revealed he had pre-recorded his prediction for the upcoming clash between the pair on a USB stick.

The Ukrainian outlined he would auction the stick after the fight with all proceedings going to the Klitschko foundation.

AJ took a sly dig at the 41-year-old as tensions rise with only one day until fight night.

“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.”

On another note, Joshua kept coy over his entrance to the ring. The undefeated knockout specialist ruled out the chance of a reunion with Stormzy. Laughing, he added: “No. Everyone’s hit the big time now. They’re all on tour, no one wants to work with me now.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95