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What Wladimir Klitschko text Anthony Joshua ahead of Oleksandr Usyk bout

Wladimir Klitschko sent Anthony Joshua a text ahead of his world heavyweight title defence against Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday.

Klitschko, who ruled the heavyweight boxing division alongside his brother Vitali in the early 2000s, shares history with both fighters.

The 45-year-old is on good terms with Joshua, who he trained with before the Brit’s meteoric rise to becoming the unified heavyweight champion, despite being knocked out by him in 2017.

And while both Klitschko and Usyk are Ukrainian and having sparred previously, the former heavyweight champion still took time to send AJ a message ahead of his fight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.



Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko went toe-to-toe in a memorable clash in 2017
Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko went toe-to-toe in a memorable clash in 2017

In a clip shown on Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel, AJ revealed: “He [Klitschko] messaged me and said ‘look, I’m neutral, I wish you both good luck and I’m going to stay impartial.’”

Joshua said he replied to the former champion: “I respect you and I respect that, we’ll catch up after.”

When asked whether Tyson Fury had sent him any messages ahead of his bout, AJ replied: “Nah nah nah, nothing actually.”

Do you think Joshua will win his crucial title defence against Usyk on Saturday? Let us know in the comments section.



Wladimir Klitschko has previously sparred with compatriot Oleksandr Usyk
Wladimir Klitschko has previously sparred with compatriot Oleksandr Usyk

Fury had been scheduled to fight Joshua on August 14 before a US court forced the former into a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder which is set to take place in October.

The all-British clash was consequently cancelled and is expected to take place next year instead, provided that both fighters win their upcoming bouts.



Oleksandr Usyk is looking to claim heavyweight glory in only his third fight in the division on Saturday
Oleksandr Usyk is looking to claim heavyweight glory in only his third fight in the division on Saturday



What Wladimir Klitschko text Anthony Joshua ahead of Oleksandr Usyk bout

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Usyk, 34, provides a tough challenge for 31-year-old Joshua after clearing out the cruiserweight division and moving up a weight class to the heavyweight division.

The Ukrainian has only had two heavyweight fights until now, beating Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora in the last two years.

However, he is being touted as AJ’s most difficult opponent to date, having gone unbeaten in his career with an 18-0 record.

What Wladimir Klitschko text Anthony Joshua ahead of Oleksandr Usyk bout
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