Anthony Joshua is respecting Wladimir Klitschko and says there is no need for trash talk ahead of their Wembley bout.
The IBF heavyweight champion is facing the Ukrainian with his belt on the line and the WBA and IBO title also on the line.
Klitschko has praised Joshua for the respect he has received, which is quite different from the reception he has received from previous British opponents.
Klitschko received little respect from Tyson Fury and David Haye previously but he’s getting plenty of it from the 27-year-old.
Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ: “You’re not dealing with two novices – I don’t need to talk about what I’m going to do and how I’m going to knock him out.
“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.
“But now we’re fighting? Trust me, let that first jab hit me or hit him. It changes. In films, when they taste blood and you see red, it’s a fight. That’s what I train to do and the best man will win.”
Joshua admits this is a rich period for boxing’s heavyweight division at present and is relishing his chance to add more titles to his collection.
Asked if it is an exciting time, the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion added: “Yeah, you can hear it in my voice.
“At heavyweight in general, Tyson Fury did a great job in beating Klitschko and he needs to get back in the ring doing what he does best.
“But right now, with or without Tyson Fury, this division is hot. It always has been and it always will be.
“It was a matter of time (before Joshua got his world title shot). This time has come earlier than expected but it was always going to happen for me. Now that I’m here, I feel comfortable.”