DOES Wladimir Klitschko need to take the Anthony Joshua fight? He’s had a well-remunerated and hugely successful career, ruling the heavyweight division for 10 years. Tyson Fury befuddled him to seize his titles and now the Ukrainian, a venerable 41 years old, has been out of action for well over a year. Not the ideal run in to taking on the power-punching rising star of the sport, Anthony Joshua.
But, appearing on Sky’s ‘The Gloves are Off’ programme Klitschko gave every indication of relishing challenging the British hero and IBF titlist in a packed Wembley stadium on April 29.
“If the loss against Fury hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be here. He wouldn’t be champion,” Klitschko shrugged. “We will see on the 29th the truth, what works and doesn’t… History and momentum are advising us to take this challenge because otherwise it could be too late.