Fans come out for knockout artist Joshua against Klitschko
Apr 30 2017 by Johnnie Parsons
On Saturday he will attempt to win back two titles that he held during his 11-year reign as heavyweight world champion.
The controversial Fury defeated Klitschko to establish himself as the division's leading fighter, but has not fought since while he battles depression, and it is Joshua who Lewis believes can prove the best of both.
Klitschko tried to unsettle his opponent by suggesting Joshua's physique was like that of an over-muscled and immobile body-builder.
Joshua, on the other hand, is coming off a spectacular third round knockout of Eric Molina and has never gone beyond seven rounds in any of his fights. "A big powerful man who's going to step in and throw one-twos linearly and try and trap him on the ropes and release combinations", he said. "It's fine. You could let "Little Bro" get to you, but I don't let it".
But Joshua refused to rise to the bait and on Friday he would not be drawn when asked about how he would win.
Joshua, 27, has shown no signs of strain in dealing with the scale of Saturday's bout.
"My main focus is to focus round by round, for 12 rounds".
"When he gets beat, that could be the end of him". We do talk about experience, but even when I was fighting guys with lesser experience I was preparing for this. I had those belts in my past fight, and I'm fighting for these belts in this fight.
"When you're competing, it's tunnel vision. On the inside, I just have to keep on swinging to the body and round-by-round I'll start seeing an effect".
It was anybody's fight when Joshua landed a right uppercut early in the 11th round that spun Klitschko's head around.
Klitschko's trainer, Johnathon Banks, has said that defeat would render his career meaningless, while Joshua previously claimed victory would make him an "overnight legend".
"I have never seen AJ as big as he is now", he said. He has some quality wins, but dusting a list of fighters like Eric Molina, Dominic Breazeale, Charles Martin, and Dillian Whyte is hardly proof that he can take someone like Klitschko. I highly recommend giving it a go.
Joshua's International Boxing Federation (IBF) is on the line in this bout and the victor will also get the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) heavyweight title and a personalized "super" belt from the World Boxing Association (WBA).
Though Klitschko is far more experienced it is Joshua who is favourite to triumph.
"[I'm] 19-0, three and a half years in the game", Joshua said.
The undercard is lackluster but this fight between Joshua and Klitschko has the potential to be the biggest fight of 2017, and it didn't need much help in selling tickets. Those who don't want to wait to see the outcome will be able to catch streaming video of the Klitschko vs. Joshua match online (a link to the video can be found below).