With his mega-fight against Wladimir Klitschko still four months away, IBF heavyweight belt holder Anthony Joshua claims that he hasn’t put together a concrete game plan for their April 29 fight at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) likes to adapt to the situation of a fight, so he’s not sure yet how he’ll fight the 41-year-old Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) when the two of them get inside the ring for their fight on Sky Box Office PPV.
Joshua says he wants it to be an exciting affair for the boxing fans that pay to see them fight at Wembley and on Sky. But for the fight to be exciting, Joshua will need to create the opportunities to draw Klitschko out into a dog fight.
Joshua, 27, fights best when his opponents are opening up with their own punches. Joshua then works off what they’re doing to throw shots back. Klitschko was so negative in his last fight against Tyson Fury. In this particular fight, Klitschko refused to give the 6’9” Fury anything to counter him with by electing not to throw anything other jabs.
With Wladimir not using his right hand or left hook, it forced Fury to try and counter Wladimir’s jabs, which proved almost impossible for him to do. Both fighters ended up missing with most of their shots, and doing very little on offense. Fury ended up winning based on him coming forward to land slapping shots with very little power on them.
“It will be interesting to see which style I bring to the table against Klitschko,” said Joshua to skysports.com. “I like to adapt to the fighter. Maybe I’ll counter him, maybe I’ll move on the back foot. I haven’t got a game plan. That’s why I like shots thrown at me, because I figure them out. I’ll hopefully figure out Klitschko as the rounds go on.”
Wladimir will very likely use Fury’s strategy of moving in circles around the ring all night to keep Joshua from having a stationary target for him to land his big power shots. Joshua hasn’t had to fight guys that moved on him for any length of time in a fight. For an old fighter, Wladimir moves very well. He showed that in his fight against Bryant Jennings in 2015.
It’s going to be a test for the 6’6” Joshua to try and cut off the ring on Wladimir to force him into a fight. What the boxing fans don’t need is to see Wladimir clinching Joshua frequently like he’s done many times in the past against his opponents.
Joshua should study Wladimir’s fight against Corrie Sanders from 2003 to figure out a good plan to use for the fight that will bring him the results he wants.
“Klitschko is very dominant at putting people on their back foot, on the edge of the ring. Even with Tyson Fury, a bigger and taller man, he had him moving,” said Joshua.