Fighting me will be like ‘Facing Mount Everest’- Boxer Wladimir Klitschko

(Last Updated On: April 12, 2017)


By Tinuade Salami

Ukrainian professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko has forewarned his colleague Anthony Joshua that fighting him this season in April 29 would be a rigour.

The duo will meet for the International Boxing Federation (IBF), West Bromwich Albion (WBA), and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles.

Wladimir Klitschko, 41, told BBC Radio 5 live that the fight would be the most important of his career boasting that fighting him would be like “facing Mount Everest” Klitschko who was defeated by Tyson Fury in November 2015, lost his heavyweight title being the Ukrainian’s first loss in 11 years.

He is a former world heavyweight champion of three major sanctioning bodies, having held the titles of the WBA, IBF, and WBO

The British professional boxer Joshua is the IBF title-holder, while the WBA and WBO belts were vacated by Fury in October as he sought medical treatment for depression.

Joshua, who visited Klitschko’s training camp in 2014, turned professional in 2013 and is unbeaten after 18 fights.

However, Klitschko will be his toughest opponent to date, with 64 wins and 53 knockouts since he turned professional in 1996.

He has held the IBF heavyweight title since 2016, having previously held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016.