Feature | Apr 11 2017

INSIGHT Wladimir Klitschko: ‘I totally get Anthony Joshua. I’ve seen how he breathes, how he acts and what he does’

When Wladimir Klitschko met Anthony Joshua. In Austria Declan Taylor hears why the former champion is Anthony Joshua's Everest
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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko pose during the press conference  |  Action Images/Reuters/Ralph Orlowski

IT WAS August 2014 and Anthony Joshua was in a hurry to learn. Having drawn a line under a short but glittering amateur career with gold at the Olympics two years earlier, he had surged to 7-0 in the professional ranks. All of his fights, however, had been done and dusted before the bell sounded for the end of round two with his latest victim, Matt Skelton, vanquished within 5 minutes and 33 seconds.

So when he got the call to join Klitschko in his training camp in the Austrian Alps, he jumped at the chance. For the Ukrainian, Joshua’s presence at Stanglwirt that summer made a lasting impression.

“Obviously sometimes there are up to 15 sparring partners in every camp,” Klitschko says. “People are coming and going and some of them I don’t remember.