Foreman: Joshua-Klitschko would be a global event

George Foreman believes a showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko would be a global event, if their proposed bout finally goes ahead in 2017.

The planned clash between IBF champion Joshua and former world title holder Klitschko has been postponed until the Spring, with an injury to the latter scuppering protracted talks over a December meeting between the pair.

But former world champion Foreman – no stranger to fights that generate global interest after his showdowns against Muhammad Ali – says the wait for the encounter would be worthwhile.

“That match-up will be the best. It matches the old and the new, the aggressive and the smart,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Klitschko’s a good fighter. He has a good left jab and once you develop a good left jab, there’s no such thing as your best days before or behind you, you are a fighter that can last forever.

“This fight, of course if it occurs, Klitschko and Joshua, it will be front and back page of the world news. The whole world will want to be involved in those.

“Today there are good fighters and some of them could have existed in any era. Deontay Wilder, of course Anthony Joshua, well these fighters are phenomenons.”