Wilder: Joshua Will Beat Klitschko
The heavyweight division has been suffering for years, but looks as promising as ever heading into 2017. With Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko preparing for their super-fight, Deontay Wilder represents the future of the American heavyweight.
Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will make his return from a number of injuries and surgeries, as the WBC champion takes on Poland’s Andrzej Wawrzyk in February. While that is admittedly a tune-up fight, Wilder plans to fight the winner of the massive title fight between Antony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.
IBF champion Joshua will take on former unified champion Klitschko on April 29 in Wembley Stadium, for the IBF, IBO and WBA titles.
Joshua has been the fastest rising star in the division, but in Klitschko he has his first true challenge to determine his level of greatness. Klitschko dominated the division before losing to Tyson Fury in 2015.
Wilder will watch that fight closer than anyone else, and he does believe the younger man will prevail in London.
“Joshua is at the top level, and my heart tells me he will beat Klitschko,” Wilder told Boxing News. “I still believe that Father Time is at Klitschko’s door but I think he still has a little bit left in him. It was an embarrassment that he got beat by Tyson Fury. You’re looking at a champion who ruled the division for a decade and all of a sudden you get a loss. Just describing it in my situation, being undefeated, if I had a loss my heart would go to my stomach so I imagine if I was champion for a decade? It would be the lowest feeling of the low.”
Despite Klitschko’s motivation to return to a state of dominance, Wilder believes that the Russian’s experience will not be enough to overcome the youth of Joshua. Though he commends Klitschko for looking to regain his throne, Wilder says that Klitschko may be in for a rough night in April.
“AJ is young, strong and just as tall and most of the time in those situations the young guy prevails,” Wilder explained. “Sometimes when you get dethroned, it’s best to stay away. The young is fresh, he’s studied you, he knows every move that you have. So you may think that you still have it, but your body and mind is too slow. It’s going to be an interesting fight. Overall, it’s good for the division, I’m glad his fight is happening. And make sure you all look forward to see me take on the winner.”