Loss to Anthony Joshua Could Lead to Wladimir Klitschko's Retirement

Elizabeth Williams
April 27, 2017

Boylan's attitude towards the fight mirrored that of Matchroom's; it had to be bigger and better than the Froch - Groves rematch.

They are expected to attract a crowd of 90,000, a post-war record for a fight in the United Kingdom, and on an evening which could define both fighters' careers Klitschko will provide Joshua with his biggest test. We only try to be our best and that's the only thing you should go off of. It's his biggest weakness going into what will be the biggest fight of his life.

We've charted the verbal jousting between the IBF titleholder Joshua and the erstwhile champion and "obsessed" Klitschko to gauge their mood before the bout.

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"It's a super fight for the heavyweight division", Wilder said.

At this moment, Joshua has both a burgeoning aura of invincibility and the character outside the ring to match it.

I don't think Wlad takes a punch well either and Wlad knows it, so that's why he is defensively cautious. Wladimir has been knocking guys out in sparring and in the ring. "I'm not just going out there to be on Sky Sports".

'I'm more anxious about myself. You're in the game once you've got that power. It's 17 years since I last fought in London on a Lennox Lewis undercard and I'm thrilled to be back among all of you'. But Klitschko also never put himself in danger enough for us to find out if his chin had recemented thanks to his size, defense and the level of competition he has faced. That is as bad as it gets, especially for a fighter with such a diverse offensive arsenal and great power in both hands.

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"This has been going on since I retired".

"Look at me against Arthur Abraham and it was a mismatch".

Still, Klitschko's reign lasted for nine years, seven months and seven days, the second-longest heavyweight title tenure in history behind only Louis, who held the title for 11 years, eight months and eight days.

Joshua, whose chin looked shaky in his knockout of Dillian Whyte in 2015 (in the fight before he won his world title) might very well beat Klitschko as most expect, but be warned: Don't read too much into the results of their most recent fights.

"I dreamed that I was losing the fight and my coach is telling me I am behind and I have to do something, that I have to step on the gas pedal", Klitschko said.

"We can't just keep churning out and thinking that people are going to just keep turning up for football and the odd concert", says Boylan. In looking at video of Joshua in his first fight as a pro and comparing to it to how he looks now, it's like you're looking at 2 different fighters. But Klitschko just could not pull the trigger.

Once connected all you need to do is head over to the MatchTV website using this link at the time of the fight and you'll be able to stream all the action live online for free.

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