Vitali Klitschko, a former WBC heavyweight champion, has made his prediction ahead of his brother Wladimir’s weekend title fight with Anthony Joshua.
Vitali Klitschko has backed his younger brother Wladimir to knock out IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Ukrainian Klitschko and Britain’s Joshua will meet at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday as Wladimir hopes to become a three-time world heavyweight champion in their WBA and IBF title fight.
There is a 14-year age difference between Klitschko, 41, and Joshua, 27, but Wladimir’s older brother Vitali told dpa his sibling is ready to produce a shock victory.
“Wladimir is in perfect condition,” the 45 year-old former WBC heavyweight world champion said at Wladimir’s public training session inside Wembley Arena on Wednesday.
“I know my brother very well. I know boxing and I don’t know the boxer who can beat my brother when he is this way and he is concentrated.
“Wladimir is better more times in this type of fight than Joshua. Wladimir will knock him out. I believe that 100 per cent.”
Wladimir will be aiming to regain two of the belts he lost to Britain’s Tyson Fury in November 2015 and Vitali has noticed a difference in his brother’s attitude towards his 29th world championship contest.
“The last fight against Tyson Fury was a big mistake,” he said,
“Wladimir was not focused for the fight but I know physically when he is this way – with his eye, his speed, his strength – he is unbeatable in this condition.”
Klitschko’s opponent Joshua is the unbeaten home favourite with 18 victories and all of his results coming with a knockout or stoppage but Vitali thinks his brother will be a test too soon for the London 2012 Olympic champion.
“Joshua is a good guy with a good future but this fight for him is too early,” he said.
“But if Joshua loses the fight, he has time because of his age. He has another fight to try to be the world champion.”