Anthony Joshua trainer Rob McCracken lets something slip on fight week that could point to a key method for how Joshua will fight Klitschko.
We are just days away now from what is expected to be a heavyweight title event of epic proportions when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko duke it out at Wembley Stadium.
Now there’s been a last minute clue leaked as to how Joshua may look to box the experienced Klitschko.
During the ‘Behind The Ropes’ special segment this week that aired on Sky Sports, respected Anthony Joshua trainer Rob McCracken let something slip during taping when he told Joshua:
“So when he (Klitschko) rushes in, just imagine he charges in and you’re not ready. Speed is the key. He won’t expect it mate. Hows he going to deal with the speed at 41?”
Speed is something for a heavyweight of Joshua’s sizes he’s not short of, but he’s not renowned for either.
His power is what really stands out but it appears that a smoother game plan with letting his hands go with more speed than power is what is being worked on behind the scenes.
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When he mentions ‘when he rushes in’ above, it also suggests that counter punching will be something Joshua could implement this weekend.
If this is the case, expect a tentative opening couple of rounds as both men jostle for position to get the centre of the ring and establish their respective jabs.
Of course, someone of the size and considerable punching technique of Joshua when throwing his shots quickly will results in massive power anyway.
At the end of the day though this is heavyweight boxing. Where a famous heavyweight champion of the past once said:
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.”
Time will tell what gameplan pans out best for either fighter on Saturday night.