Klitschko vs Joshua prediction: Deontay Wilder chimes inWritten by Lee Cleveland
A super showdown between heavyweight titans Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua seems likely for April 29th, and the boxing world is buzzing.
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Klitschko vs Joshua will be one of the 5 most significant heavyweight bouts in the last 20 years, and everyone has their thoughts and predictions for the fight.
Enter unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KO).
Recovering from surgery on his hand and shoulder, Wilder is viewing Klitschko vs Joshua as an interested spectator and hopes to eventually collide with the winner.
So what's his prognosis for the showdown?
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“I think Klitschko vs Joshua would be an interesting fight, though and If I had to pick somebody I’d have to go with the younger guy." Wilder recently told WorldBoxingNews.net.
"I’d go with Joshua to win just off Klitschko’s performance against Fury."
“Klitschko was always known to fight the shorter guys because he has a problem with taller fighters. He was a lot more cautious against those taller fighters than he was against the shorter fighters."
“Anthony is a younger, stronger heavyweight but it will be interesting."
Will Joshua, a fighter of comparable size to Wlad, greatly reduce the impact of Klitschko's weapons?
Unlike Tyson Fury who outpointed Wlad last year, Joshua, although tall in stature, is not a tentative, hit-and-not-be-hit fighter who tries to play it safe from the outside and pile up points. As a result, will Anthony’s aggressive style play right into the hands of the masterful counter-puncher?
Do you agree with Wilder's prediction?
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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