Anthony Joshua’s Harsh Words with Klitschko Before Brutal KO
Anthony Joshua has proved himself not to just be a humble man who still lives at home with his mum in a council flat at age 27, but also a man of his word during an interview with Colin Murray of the Finchley Amateur Boxing Club.
We all know how riled up people can get with a bit of mid-fight trash talk, with some folks like UFC fighter Nate Diaz being able to psyche their opponents out so badly that they lose the fight. Joshua, always proving himself to be a man of his word, did not falter from what he told Ukrainian boxing veteran Wladimir Klitschko he would do in the eleventh round front of 90,000 screaming fans at Wembley arena just a week ago.
“I was talking to him and I just told him, ‘If you let me get through this round, I’m gonna fuck you up.’ And he said, ‘I’m going to knock you out’. It’s competition talk,” said Joshua.
The newly crowned heavyweight champion also took a moment to analyse the incredible knockout shot he landed on Klitschko in the eleventh round, saying it was “like an exorcism”.
“I knew these two rounds were vital, I knew it was close. I stepped it up, boom boom boom boom.
Subconsciously, I don’t know where it came from, I just whipped it up and saw his chin… it was like an exorcism where he’s looking at the back of the crowd.
He started trying to disguise when you’re hurt and I thought this is my chance to take him out and I just tried to land every punch, I threw the kitchen sink at him and I finally got him out of there in the end.”
Joshua had previously managed to drop Klitschko to the canvas in the fifth round but found the Ukrainian veteran rallied back at him later, eventually dropping Joshua to the ground later in the fight. Joshua was able to prove his heart and determination, recovering to knock out the champion in a photo finish that could see heavyweight boxing revitalised once more.