Anthony Joshua gives his opinion on 'The Gloves Are Off' with Wladimir Klitschko


Anthony Joshua has responded to criticisms of Sky Sports' 'The Gloves Are Off' which was shown on Sunday night.

In an interview with iFL TV, Joshua confronted criticisms head-on and stated that: “Do you know what it is? They said that it was…different, that it was interesting rather than entertaining

“Cause, you sat and listened, you didn’t watch for what’s next, you listened. You know what I mean.

“So, it’s like watching a documentary, you’re just listening. Then, if you’re watching a horror film, it’s like what’s next, you’re just watching.

“So yes, this was more about listening and interesting, if you get my drift.”

Critics of the Sunday night sit down between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko have said that in the past, 'The Gloves Are Off' show hosted by Sky Sports' Johnny Nelson has provided a fascinating insight into the mindset of the two participating boxers.

This episode was all a little bit…nice.

Previous episodes of the show have shown real tension between the fighters. Who can forget the boiling tension surrounding Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora?

The fascinating complexities of Tony Bellew v David Haye managed to increase pay-per-view subscriptions for that bout.

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko Press Conference

The problem for many fight fans is that AJ and Klitschko did not contain anything else but mutual admiration for each other. It was almost too friendly. 

Many fans have used Twitter to state that they felt they were watching AJ and Klitschko having a catch-up chat, rather than being two weeks out from a world title fight in a sold-out Wembley.

Instead of watching two fighters wanting to get to each other across the table, à la Whyte and Chisora, these two guys couldn't hide their respect they have for each other.

Scroll to 02:50 in the below video to listen to AJ talking about the show.

Perhaps AJ is right, 'The Gloves Are Off' was meant to be listened to and considered rather than just watched. 

And, in truth, the build up to this fight has been much more civilised than Haye v Bellew, and certainly more so than Whyte v Chisora.

It makes a nice change, but is it entertaining?

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