The heavyweight superfight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko failed to materialize in 2016, but boxing fans enter 2017 with a comfortable anticipation: The fight is a done deal for April 29, and the two heavyweights met at the event’s first press conference today.
IBF champion Joshua knocked out Eric Molina on Dec. 10, setting the fight with Klitschko in stone. It is a dream matchup for the British heavyweight star, as he knows he can propel himself into the history books with a victory over the former reigning champion.
"A knockout is the cherry on top," Joshua said, per Telegraph.co.uk, "but to win, whichever way, is very possible. This is a fight that can change you from champion to legend overnight. It’s the type of fight that can change the way people view you."
For Klitschko, now 41 years old, he sees in Joshua the opportunity to add one more legendary fight to his resume before hanging up the gloves.
"How many April 29s do I have left? I’ll be 41 for the fight. It’s everything to me. I will remain calm before the storm comes, it’s a very special fight, a special opponent, a special arena.
"I would say this is 50/50 – our size, our strength. And age is just a number. Both Olympic champions, both world-title holders. This is very even and I don’t know when another fight like this will happen in the heavyweight division."
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