Opinion | Apr 27 2017

Anthony Joshua might be the favourite but Wladimir Klitschko is the star of the show

Wladimir Klitschko steals the limelight (for now) but Anthony Joshua doesn't seem to care
Anthony Joshua
Joshua and Klitschko  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO is fighting to save his career against Anthony Joshua, and from all evidence so far, it’s bringing out the best in him. That may change the moment the opening bell sounds, of course, but for now the 41-year-old is making the most of every last second.

At today’s final press conference, in front of the world’s media – and layer upon layer of Sky staff who left their desks to fill every inch of spare floor space inside the Sky Centre – Klitschko stole the show as he dropped a Nostradamus-style bomb, and the world’s favourite Trumpism – “Fake News!” – with acute comic timing.

Klitschko entered first – as Michael Buffer announced list of impressive achievements – the familiar bombastic beats of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Can’t Stop and – just for a change – fist bumped Joshua’s coach Robert McCracken, his promoter Eddie Hearn, and Sky’s Adam Smith. And then, like at last night’s workouts, watched without emotion as “AJ” made his entrance.


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