Underdog Wladimir Klitschko says he’s fully ready to take on IBF heavyweight champion Antony Joshua on Saturday night in a big money fight at Wembley Stadium in London, England. The real question is whether the 41-year-old is really primed for the fight or is just there for the payday, the golden parachute to cushion his retirement years.
Wladimir hasn’t won a fight in 3 years, and he hasn’t fought in 2 years.
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Wladimir may be read, but he’s not fought in such a long, long time. This is the wrong fighter for Wladimir to be facing after such a long layoff.
“It’s great to be here. I haven’t fought here for a very long time,” Wladimir said to Sky Sports News HQ. “It’s going to be a great night on Saturday night. It will be an amazing fight, I’m all hyped and excited and AJ is as well, I’m sure. There’s no mind games here. I’m here and I’m ready to rumble.”
Wladimir will be fighting in front of 90,000 boxing fans on Saturday; most of them will be Joshua’s fans. It’s going to be tough on Wladimir dealing with all the fans rooting against him.
“He knows that. He wants to show everyone that it was just one off night, he wants to show the real Klitschko. I’m sure that will happen on Saturday night,” said Wladimir’s manager Bernd Boente to skysport.com.
I don’t know if Wladimir was having an off night against Tyson Fury in his last fight in 2015. It looked more like Wladimir being too old to put up a good fight. He couldn’t pull the trigger on his shots.