BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT boxing champion Anthony Joshua covers this month’s GQ Magazine.
The 27-year-old, who will take on Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 in what has been billed as the biggest fight in British boxing history, spoke to the publication about his positive prediction for the bout.
“I think I will knock Klitschko out,” he told the publication. “I’m not superstitious about it, but I have a feeling that it will happen in a slightly unexpected way.
“It will be something like a counterpunch that will finish it. It won’t be quick… It will take time because he is so experienced and he isn’t easy to hit. But I will find my opportunity and I will take it.”
On the importance of sparring, which he describes as an “inner circle”, he added: “I don’t go in there to prove a point. If anything, I like to take more punishment because that is how I learn about myself. What is the point of going into sparring and beating everyone up, when in a real fight the tables might turn and I don’t know how to handle it?
“I want to practice what it feels like to be hit and hurt. You have to learn how to defend, to be slick when the punches are raining down.”