Anthony Joshua insists he will become a “killer” when the opening bell rings against Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua takes on Klitschko for the vacant WBA and IBO heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium on April 29 after a protracted build-up for the duo to finally lock horns.
Both boxers have shown each other plenty of respect leading up to the tussle, yet Joshua has stressed that he will become utterly ruthless on fight night.
— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) February 16, 2017
"Come the night I have to be a killer," said Joshua.
"If you are not a killer in this game, you get eaten alive. I'm like a tamed animal – until I'm let off the leash in the ring.”
However, the respect shown by Joshua has been welcomed by Klitschko after his previous two encounters against British fighters – David Haye in 2011 and Tyson Fury in 2015 – were characterised by plenty of trash-talking in the lead-up to the bouts.
"It is refreshingly different from the British boxers I fought before," said Klitschko.
In the passed weeks I've seen @anthonyfjoshua more often than my brother. Looking forward to our another press conference in Cologne. Today!
— Klitschko (@Klitschko) February 16, 2017
"Anthony is proof that it is not about nationality, but personality. The respect we are showing each other for this fight is good for boxing. It is what boxing needs.
"This fight does not need the pretend bullying, It is a match-maker's dream. Look at 90,000 fans coming to Wembley. I am glad to be going to London now. The British are great people who love their sport."