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Boxers Joshua and Klitschko discuss their forthcoming fight

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 01:35

Is it too soon in IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua's career to take on former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko? Is Klitschko too late for Klitschko to retake the title?

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SHOWS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 31, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF JOSHUA AND KLITSCHKO NEWS CONFERENCE 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IBF HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION ANTHONY JOSHUA, SAYING: "The questions are, as you said, 'Is it too soon? What type of audience has he fought in, in front of before and what type of opponents has he faced? Is it too soon?' But I feel whatever occasion I've been put in in my early stage of my career, I've always overcome. And people say, 'How do you feel about fighting in front of 90,000 people? Could you ever picture it?' And I say, 'No. It's not that I couldn't picture it, but I don't think God would ever put me in a position that I couldn't handle.' So I'm here for a reason and I'll handle business the same way I've been handling business. And even though we are in front of 90,000 people and the world watches, the objective still remains the same, and that's to be victorious." 3. CAMERA 4. NEWS CONFERENCE 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "I think it's a perfect time for both of us. In three years, he's going to be too good and I'm going to be too old, maybe. But this is the time and we just got it in the right time. And it's definitely a signature fight for boxing." 6. CAMERA 7. JOSHUA AND KLITSCHKO POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS STORY: Heavyweight boxers Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko took on their doubters on Tuesday (January 31) as they promoted their upcoming unification fight. The World Heavyweight Championship Title Unification bout will be held April 29 at Wembley Stadium in London where 90,000 people are expected to attend the fight. IBF heavyweight champion Joshua and former heavyweight champion Klitschko spoke to journalists at "The Mecca of Boxing" - Madison Square Garden in New York City. Klitschko and Joshua will fight for Joshua's IBF title and the vacant WBA Super and IBO heavyweight belts. London 2012 Olympic champion Joshua has taken the division by storm since turning professional, winning all his 18 fights by knockout. Former champion Klitschko, who will be 41 in March, has 64 wins and four defeats in his 20-year career. During the news conference, both boxers were pressed on their preparedness for the bout. Joshua said, "The questions are, as you said, 'Is it too soon? What type of audience has he fought in, in front of before and what type of opponents has he faced? Is it too soon?' But I feel whatever occasion I've been put in in my early stage of my career, I've always overcome." "I'm here for a reason and I'll handle business the same way I've been handling business. And even though we are in front of 90,000 people and the world watches, the objective still remains the same, and that's to be victorious," he added. Klitschko said, "It's a perfect time for both of us. In three years, he's going to be too good and I'm going to be too old, maybe." The former heavyweight added, "It's definitely a signature fight for boxing period. I love that we're sitting here and we can have a healthy and normal conversation with each other. In this crazy world, with all the wars and all the controversies, and all of that, it's amazing to see such a competitive sport such as boxing, where actually we will demolish each other in the ring afterwards. But we are respectful to each other, respectful to the sport and to the fans." The Ukrainian was unbeaten for 11 years before losing to Britain's Tyson Fury in 2015.

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Boxers Joshua and Klitschko discuss their forthcoming fight

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 01:35