Anthony Joshua is 10lbs heavier than Wladimir Klitschko after weigh in ahead of Wembley showdown
Anthony Joshua weighs in heavier than Wladimir Klitschko by almost 10lbs.
Klitschko, the Ukrainian who dominated heavyweight boxing for a decade before losing all of his titles to Tyson Fury, he is going to face Joshua Britain's muscular IBF title holder and fabled knockout puncher.
Joshua pictured clenches his fist and raises it to the crowd as his competitor Klitschko makes a peace sign next to him
Anthony Joshua, 27, will take "another step towards greatness" when he meets and beat Wladimir Klitschko in the richest bout in British boxing history.
IBF heavyweight champion Joshua will defend his title and go for the vacant WBA belt in front of a post-war record breaking boxing crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in just his 19th professional fight.
Klitschko, 41, was unbeaten for 11 before he was defeated by Tyson Fury in his last fight in November 2015 and says he is "obsessed" with overcoming the Briton.
"I will always stand up to the competition," said Joshua. "There is no fear at all which trembles through the body."
"You can talk about experience but even when I faced guys with less experience I took them as world championship fights. I have prepared since day one for this.
"April 29 is just another stepping stone towards greatness."
Ukrainian heavyweight Klitschko came in at 17st 2lb 6ozs on Friday afternoon ahead of his return to competitive boxing
Klitschko, 41, came in half a stone lighter than his usual fighting weight, at 240.6lbs.
Klitschko is on record as saying: 'My anticipation beats his speed,' he has also prepared himself to produce faster hands and fleeter movement.
How does this fight go down?
I'm only going to be myself. The fight is as big as it can be. People want to see a good undercard. There's Olympians on there, then you've got the heavyweight clash. There's belts on the line. There's legacy on the line. There's 12 rounds of intense, ferocious boxing on the line. It comes with everything you want to see. Boxing skills, power, timing – it's just how long you can last and withstand each other's abilities.
Are you looking for a knock-out?
You've got to take this fight round-by-round. That's boxing. Sooner or later one wears down. The other one realises their weakness, then you put on the pressure. It depends if I see that opportunity. My main focus is to focus round-by-round on a 12-round fight.
Has he got under your skin?
I don't hate Klitschko, I don't dislike Klitschko, but I want to beat Klitschko.
It's a boxing match, I'm competitive and that's all it is.
When do you switch on?
I've been switched on since December 10, in the back of my mind, even though I wasn't training after the fight.
I knew what was going to come. Naturally I've been preparing myself for this moment. I can relax, mentally I've been through many different processes with how I'll approach the fight.
Is it your hardest test?
You never know how the fight will go.
This could be an easy fight, or I could go out there and something could happen and then maybe a fight that wasn't supposed to be so hard could become harder. All I have to do is make this fight as easy as possible and win in good fashion.
Can you enjoy the occasion?
With boxing you seem to enjoy it after.
When you're competing, it's tunnel vision. You're really focused and then you absorb all the atmosphere maybe when that final bells goes. For me, every time I've fought, even though there's so many people supporting myself – I have to stay tunnel vision and then I embrace everyone when we do meet and greets.
I do public runs to give something back. For now it's tunnel vision, I hope you understand.
What is your prediction?
It's going to cost you a billion pounds!
Your final thoughts?
What more can I say. Punch lands, another punch lands, you miss, it's simple. Anyone in this room can become champion. It's not rocket science. You just have to have a bit of heart and determination, and then that can go far. Someone is going to win and someone is going to continue with their carer and I'm very confident that's me.
Joshua was being interviewed on Sky Sports News
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Joshua looked into the crowd as he applauds them at Wembley Arena in London after his weigh-in as Klitschko puts his clothes back on