Joshua v Klitschko II has a lot to live up to
After April’s epic battle between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko it always seemed likely that a rematch would be on the cards and the powers-that-be appear to have finally agreed a date and venue.
November 11 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been mooted and, while not yet confirmed, it seems that the bout everyone wants to see will be held in Sin City.
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The first fight looked as though it would go the way of the veteran Ukrainian, who got off the canvas in the fifth round to floor the Englishman in the next but could not press home his advantage and end the contest.
Joshua’s late rally to deck the former champion twice in the 11th brought the house down and confirmed that the 2012 Olympic Super-heavyweight gold medalist is the real deal.
But what should we expect from the rematch and is there any chance it can match the first scrap?
One thing is for certain is that Klitschko is not get any younger and, at 41, is already at an age when most boxers have hung up their gloves, but if the first fight showed us anything it is that he is still as fit as a fiddle and has the desire to win.
Many pundits believe that if the man who held the title for 15 years had gone for the jugular after flooring his opponent, then Joshua would not have had chance to come back and claim the spoils.
With all his vast experience, surely Dr Steelhammer would not make the same mistake twice but will he still be standing late in the fight?
Joshua admits himself that he is far from the finished article as a professional boxer but will have learnt plenty from sharing the ring with a legend and it may be that, with youth on his side, he is too good for the 41-year-old.
The Brit will be favourite to win but it would not be too much of an upset if Klitschko emerged victorious as he has taken on all-comers in an illustrious career and proved in the first fight that he still has the skills to match Joshua.
It is likely to be Klitschko’s last fight as he cannot go on forever and the sentimentalists in the boxing world would love to see him reclaim the heavyweight title before calling it a day.
Having lost to Tyson Fury in 2015, the Joshua fight offered the Germany resident a chance at redemption and he came mighty close, but does he have one last big effort left?
For his part, Joshua has already been out to Vegas and met up with Floyd Mayweather to sort out training facilities ahead of the bout.
It is likely that he will also be ringside when ’Money’ takes on UFC fighter Conor McGregor in August in a ‘fight’ that will bring the curtain down on the American’s career for a second time.
It will be the Londoner’s turn to witness at close quarters the probable ending of another legend’s career later in the year, but which of the fighters will be smiling in Nevada?