Klitschko vs Joshua prediction: "If Wlad is focused, Brit doesn't have a chance"Written by Joseph Herron
In less than two weeks, current IBF Heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua and former universally recognized Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will tangle in front of a massive British crowd of 90,000 fight fans at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London, England, in what could be a "changing of the guard" within the sport's former glamour division, or a belated career defining fight for an aging future Hall of Famer.
While the young, strong incumbent title holder is slightly favored leading into the highly anticipated showdown, most experts and handicappers only list the undefeated Briton as a 2-1 favorite. Can the 41 year old puncher from Ukraine pull-off the mild upset on April 29 in the UK?
In the theater of the unexpected that is boxing, anything can and often does happen.
Although former WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko will undoubtedly assume a customary role in his little brother's corner, Dr. Iron Fist admits he has no idea how the scheduled twelve round contest will play out.
"Nobody knows," the former two-time Heavyweight champion stated to FightHype. "The the sport of boxing is, 'let's see what happens'. But I know it's two Olympic gold medalists and two of the best Heavyweights in the world."
The 6'8" Mayor of Kiev believes the IBF championship is Wladimir's to win or lose.
"I know Wladimir has great skills, and he's the best in the world. He sometimes needs focus for a fight. If Wladimir is focused 100%, Joshua doesn't have a chance."
"But everything depends on Wladimir. How focused with my brother be in the fight?"
After losing his coveted distinctions to Tyson Fury in November of 2015, the aging title challenger was heavily scrutinized for only landing 52 of 231 total punches thrown throughout the dreadful twelve round affair with the UK native. And with an inactive streak spanning a full year and a half, many pundits and ringside experts agree that Klitschko's best years are behind him.
Despite being 14 years older than the local favorite and active champ, Vitali claims age will not be a factor in this match-up.
"For Wladimir, his age of 40 years...that's nothing. He has a lot of experience. If Wladimir remains focused, he can be champion for the next five years.
The IBF/WBA Heavyweight championship bout between Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) and Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) on Saturday, April 29, will be aired on SkySports Box Office in the UK, RTL in Germany, and both Showtime and HBO in the US, with live and encore showings.