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Calm before the Joshua-Klitschko heavyweight storm

GENTLE GIANTS: Anthony Joshua (left) and Vladimir Klitschko have been perfect gentlemen leading up to their world heavyweight boxing title fight on Saturday.
GENTLE GIANTS: Anthony Joshua (left) and Vladimir Klitschko have been perfect gentlemen leading up to their world heavyweight boxing title fight on Saturday. GERRY PENNY

PRESS conferences for world heavyweight title fights have come a long way from shouts of "I'll moider da bum".

On Saturday a port-war British record crowd of 90,000 is expected to see hometown hero Anthony Joshua take on Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.

In all the lead-up to the fight so far, the pair have been perfect gentlemen, full of calm respect for each other.

But in the final press conference on Thursday, Klitschko broke ranks, calling Joshua only a "puncher" and not an all-round boxer.

He described himself as "a boxer who can punch".

Hardly fighting words, though.

A calm Joshua replied, saying, "If I couldn't box I wouldn't be here. I may not be the best but what I do good, I do brilliantly. That's got me here.

"If he claims to be the better boxer so be it, but when I start punching you in your jaw, you best stand up to the power. This is just another stepping stone towards greatness."

Klitschko, who is entering his 29th world title fight, revealed he has made a video of his prediction for their heavyweight bout.

He has saved the video on a memory stick which will be sewn into the robe he wears into the ring.

Former champion Klitschko, 41, will auction the robe - and the memory stick inside - for charity after the fight for Joshua's IBF title and the vacant WBA belt.

"Don't ask me what's on the stick," Klitschko told the press. "Only one person will know about it. If that person wants to put it on social media, then the world will know.

"I am the winner, already before the event. Even if it is his home, I'm taking it as my event and my fight, my win."

Joshua has had 18 knockout wins in his 18 fights, while Klitschko had had 64 wins - 53 by KO - and four defeats.

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