News | May 09 2017

Why Vitali Klitschko confronted Anthony Joshua

To find out what happened with Vitali Klitschko after his brother Wladimir was defeated by Anthony Joshua, John Dennen discovers the view from the Klitschko corner
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Wladimir Klitschko and Vitali Klitschko after the fight  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

THE Klitschko brothers work together. They are an intimidating duo. When one is fighting, the other goes to supervise the opponent’s hands being wrapped, looming over the opponent. Before Wladimir fought Anthony Joshua at Wembley on Saturday, Vitali Klitschko locked his gaze on the Joshua. The Briton registered it and the two had an issue after Joshua had stopped  Wladimir in the 11th round, when Vitali confronted him.

We got the view from the Klitschko corner. Speaking to Boxing News in Las Vegas, Stitch Duran, the Klitschko cutman, said, “Johnathon [Banks, Wladimir’s trainer] was telling me something had happened. Johnathon’s response was when someone speaks real fast to him [Vitali], and maybe with a British accent, he responds according to what he hears. So I think Anthony Joshua, went over to congratulate Wladimir and said ‘effing good fight’ and Vitali picked up on just ‘effing,’ that’s what JB was telling me. He said he had to come in between them, he and Joshua have a good relationship and [Banks] stepped in…”

Given the level of noise at Wembley stadium, it would have been easy for Vitali to mishear and misunderstand. “And it’s very likely. [It was very loud] I couldn’t even hear Michael Buffer, it was so loud,” Stich countinued. “He’s still the big brother and he looks at him that way and he takes care of him.”