Wladimir Klitschko says Anthony Joshua needs his big muscles to stay confident and doesn’t want any excuses when he beats him.
Klitschko will face Joshua in front of 90,000 fans at the Wembley stadium come April 29, with the IBF and WBA ‘super’ title on the line.
Joshua has not lost a fight in his professional career and the young boxer has 18 knockouts so far.
Klitschko said: “AJ has a lot of energy, he’s young, he wants to be explosive, he has these big muscles that bring him confidence and he just wants to demolish people right in front of him. That’s what it is, it gives him a lot of confidence, but did you hear about boxing being a sweet science?
“Every person would have got these big muscles. It gives you confidence and you really can smash if you hit the heavy bag, or the person in front of you. Boxing is sweet science. The vicious boxers were conquered.
“I have a lot of respect for Anthony and what he is doing, his commitment, his physical ability. He can box, he can lift weights, he can be strong, he can train.
“He can be a CrossFit champion actually, a CrossFit world champion. I think he has great capability of it. CrossFit became really popular and there are a lot of boxers doing it. But CrossFit is not boxing.”
“I don’t want to hear ‘oh it was too early for him,’ or ‘of course Klitschko cannot dominate, because he is over the hill,’ and all of this.
“AJ wants to become billionaire, as he said, which is a great ambition. But it’s a challenge with a lot of question marks.
“I look forward to it and I think it’s going to be a great event and I wish both of the fighters will make it injury free, so there is no toes, no other issues which could be in the way. I’m really looking forward to this challenge.”