Anthony Joshua opens up on Wladimir Klitschko: This is why I’m not afraid of fight | Boxing | Sport

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There will be two heavyweight world titles one the line – Anthony Joshua’s IBF and the vacant WBA belt – as the Brit attempts to unify the two belts on his way to becoming the undispute heavyweight champion of the world.

Klitschko has not fought since losing to Tyson Fury in 2015, only his fourth defeat in 68 professional fights, but he is now aiming to become a threetime world cheavyweight champion.

And while the Ukrainian has 64 professional wins on his record compared to Joshua’s 18, the 27-year-old claims he is not remotely afraid of taking on the legendary fighter.

“It doesn’t matter who I’m fighting,” Joshua said.

“I embrace every opportunity and I think failure is without trying.

“That’s why I always step up to every occasion.

“There’s no fear that trembles through my body.

“I’ll take on any man.”

Joshua’s bout with Klitschko is seen as the first true test of his career, having only twice been taken past the third round in a professional fight.

One of those fights was against Dillian Whyte, who stunned Joshua in the second round and this week said he believes the Brit is vulnerable.

But the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist claims he will not be underestimating Klitschko.

“Through mistakes I have learned and put myself right,” Joshua added.

“I’m looking forward to competing again and even though it’s such an amazing event, I always try to strip everything down to reality and what it really is.

“It’s just me and a man coming to blows and the best man will win.

“I’m still up very early in the morning and sleeping late at night, working diligently with my coach, my strength and conditioning coach and my mentors to prepare myself not only physically but mentally for any battle.

“That’s why I enjoy the sport.

“I take it seriously and April 29 is just another stepping stone towards greatness.”



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