Anthony Joshua warned Klitschko: 'I'm gonna f*** you up'
- Anthony Joshua sensationally beat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium
- The heavyweight has revealed he spoke to Klitschko mid-fight and warned him
- Joshua compared the moment he hit him with an uppercut to an exorcism
Anthony Joshua has described the moment he warned Wladimir Klitschko he would ‘f*** him up’ if he failed to finish him off in the sixth round of their heavyweight fight at Wembley on Saturday night.
The heavyweight champion of the world looked to be on the brink of defeat before picking himself up from the canvas to secure an emphatic victory.
Battling on having knocked Klitschko down in the fifth before he himself was grounded in the sixth, Joshua goaded his opponent before winning with an eleventh round stoppage.
Anthony Joshua has revealed he warned Wladimir Klitschko ‘I’m gonna f*** you up’
Speaking of the moment he spoke to Klitschko mid-fight, Joshua told Colin Murray at Finchley Amateur Boxing Club: ‘I was talking to him and I just told him “If you let me get through this round, I’m gonna beep (f***) you up” and he said “I’m going to knock you out”. It’s competition talk.’
Winning the fight with a stunning uppercut in the eleventh round, Joshua compared the moment to an ‘exorcism’.
‘I knew these two rounds were vital I knew it was close. I stepped it up, boom boom boom boom. Subconsciously, I don’t know where it came from, I just whipped it up and saw his chin… it was like an exorcism where he’s looking at the back of the crowd.
‘He started trying to disguise when you’re hurt and I thought this is my chance to take him out and I just tried to land every punch, I threw the kitchen sink at him and I finally got him out of there in the end.’
Joshua described the moment he uppercut Klitschko and compared it to an exorcism
The 27-year-old cut a relaxed figure before the fight as he entered the ring and insists he was unfazed by the glare Klitschko’s brother Vitali sent his way, joking he would have fought both siblings.
‘When I got in the ring, there is the Klitschko brothers’ he said. ‘Wladimir’s staying focused and his brother Vitali is staring at me and I’m thinking “Mate, don’t worry about that, we can do a few rounds as well!”
‘The way he was looking I forgot who I was fighting! I’m looking at them both thinking “I’m from the streets”, he laughed.
‘When you know someone wants to take your head off you have to get in the zone.
‘One of the things I worked on was being confident. Klitschko was talking about the obsession he had to win. I didn’t feel obsessed, I just wanted to be confident in that type of environment. I was exercising what I had been practicing in the gym.’
The 27-year-old revealed Klitschko’s brother Vitali was staring at him ringside before the bout
Exuding confidence throughout the bout, Joshua admitted that he thought he had won the fight when he first knocked Klitschko down in the fifth and celebrated prematurely.
‘In past fights, every time I’ve hit some one if they don’t go down and stay down and get up, they don’t recover properly – so when I dropped Klitshcko, I’d already cheered because I thought that is it – “I’ve won this fight in five rounds!”, something people didn’t think I could do.
‘I thought I’ve won this fight and then obviously I got dropped in the next round.
‘It teaches you, you show character, you learn so much’.
Joshua celebrates at Wembley and revealed he hopes to still be fighting at the age of 40
Going down in the sixth, Joshua didn’t show any signs of fatigue and instead cheekily stuck his tongue out at the Klitschko camp and he admitted the fall was a much-needed reprieve.
‘I saw his corner, I stuck my tongue out,’ he revealed. ‘Where I tried to take him in the fifth, I used a lot of energy and sixth round come I was a bit tired.
‘It was nice, I got a ten second break. It’s like a lifetime in the ring’.
After such a huge, career-defining win, Joshua revealed he hasn’t enjoyed too much celebrating as he harbours ambitions to still fight when he is 40.
‘I feel normal, I feel motivated – I’m going to start training on Monday,’ he said.
‘I’ve been getting my physio done, it’s boring but I’m on a mission. Usually you have drinks and party but that won’t add years to your career.
‘I’m trying to be dedicated to prolong my career. I want to bring more fights like that (Klitschko) to boxing.’