Former champion Wladimir Klitschko has said sparring with Britain’s Anthony Joshua a few years ago has given him an idea of what to expect ahead of their world heavyweight title clash at Wembley Stadium on April 29.
Ukrainian Klitschko, who invited Joshua to a training camp in November 2014, was impressed by the London 2012 Olympics champion’s attitude and athleticism but insisted that both fighters had benefited from the sparring sessions.
“It’s an advantage on both sides. We have sparred and we have been in the ring together,” the 41-year-okd Klitschko told British media in the build up to his bid to hand defending IBF champion Joshua a first defeat as a professional.
“He got a chance to look and be in the background of my training team, my camp and got to know a lot,” he added.
“I was there in the arena in London when he won Olympic gold. Every medallist… at the Olympics has to be considered successful.”