Wladimir Klitschko has clarified where he stands on the rematch against Anthony Joshua. The 41-year old recently held a press conference and revealed that he will give his official announcement within two weeks.
“My life isn’t only sport and boxing. I’m planning the career after the career,” said Klitschko.
Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua received good news from the IBF and got their ‘special request’ to fight the Ukrainian instead of mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. Hearn believes that it will be a different fight second time around.
“It will be fascinating because Anthony Joshua will go into the fight knowing that he got hurt in the fight, knowing that he made mistakes but also knowing that he can hurt Wladimir Klitschko. But Wladimir will know that as well and Wladimir’s confidence will be high going into the fight. He will probably feel like he had a chance in those fifth or sixth rounds to maybe try and win the fight and I think he will kick himself for that and next time he will try and put his foot on the gas a little more,” said the promoter according to The Sun.
Just like many times before, Hearn is very confident that Klitschko will move forward with the rematch. After facing the Ukrainian, Joshua will fight mandatory challenger Pulev.
“We are in a position with Anthony that providing Wladimir Klitschko doesn’t decide to retire, which everything we are being told is ‘go ahead and plan this fight’, the future for Anthony Joshua is mapped out in terms of his next two fights. The future for now – particularly the short term future is secure. Looks like Wladimir Klitschko next and then Pulev in the Spring of next year,” told Hearn.