Klitschko warns Joshua of Wilder danger, explains why he’s unable to pick a winner
Wladimir Klitschko has chosen not to back Anthony Joshua to defeat Deontay Wilder if they fought in a massive undisputed heavyweight unification.
Despite recently stating Joshua would take care of ‘fart in the wind’ Tyson Fury will relative ease, ‘Dr. Steelhammer’ wouldn’t add a prediction on a clash with Wilder.
Due to Wilder’s slight weight and explosive power, Klitschko believes Joshua would get all the trouble he could handle – and more – should Britain’s king of the division put his clutch of title belts on the line against the American’s WBC version.
“It would be a dangerous fight for Joshua,” Klitschko told The Sunday Times in an interview at the weekend. “I’m not saying he wouldn’t win it but Wilder has something. Due to his weight, he is extremely fast.
“He has good power in his hands and he’s extremely fast. Maybe he’s kind of wild in his technique but those punches are coming from who knows where.
“He is hard to defend against – where is that punch going to land or which side is it coming from? Joshua has all-around more capability but Wilder is taller than Joshua and is faster than Joshua.
“He doesn’t have the weight behind his punches but he is extremely fast, and it would depend upon what kind of mood both fighters were in,” he added.
Wilder is hoping to seal his chance by the summer as Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn continues negotiations in New York next week.
Hearn plans to meet with Wilder’s representative Shelly Finkel and potentially Al Haymon during fight week for a Matchroom USA event featuring Danny Jacobs despite an initial opening offer being scoffed at.
A reported $12.5m (not confirmed by Hearn) was laid on the table, although Wilder is known to be holding out for a percentage which he wants to reverse in any rematch.