Opinion | Apr 30 2017

In Clarke’s Shoes: Behind the scenes at Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko

Andy Clarke reveals what made the Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko night just so special
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Anthony Joshua makes his entrance before the fight  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

I knew it was going to be big but I didn’t realise how big.

The Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko fight week started with the open workouts at Wembley Arena on the Wednesday. I was MCing and I’d done plenty of them before but not like this. Michael Buffer was there which said it all. On a list of things that I never thought would happen to me when I was growing up, being The Buffer’s warm-up act would definitely have been right up there.

Team Klitschko had one side of the ring, the one I was stood at, reserved entirely for them. I found them quite a nervous and intense, although friendly, group. It’s understandable though; if you work for Dr Steelhammer then I don’t think you’d last all that long if you didn’t show great attention to the smallest detail. Wladimir doesn’t like dry ice, I discovered, that had to be turned off well before his arrival.