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Anthony Joshua: ‘I don’t need to talk reckless’ about Klitschko fight

Anthony Joshua doesn’t see any reason to talk trash in order to sell a sold-out fight.

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko Press Conference Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Anthony Joshua says he doesn’t see any need to talk trash ahead of his April 29 showdown with Wladimir Klitschko, where Joshua will defend the IBF heavyweight title and the vacant WBA heavyweight title will also be on the line.

From Sky Sports:

"You know Wladimir Klitschko and you're getting to know Anthony Joshua. The fight speaks volumes for itself. I don't need to talk reckless about what this fight's about.

"I'm not perfect but I have my ways about me and I was raised with conduct and discipline, that's just who I am. I would rather defend my corner than provoke it.

"Everyone's saying we're friends and stuff. Yeah, the respect's there. I never expected to compete with Wladimir so he's someone where I can say I'm going to analyse what he's about.”

Joshua (18-0, 18 KO) is taking a big step up in competition, but Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) will have been inactive for 17 months by the time he faces Joshua, and is now 40 years old, too. It’s an interesting fight that, like Joshua says, essentially sells itself, and is already reported to be breaking records at Wembley Stadium.

The fight will air on Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom, with HBO and Showtime currently battling for the rights to the fight in the United States.

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