Anthony Joshua reveals strategy to defeat Wladimir Klitschko

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Facing one of boxing's most dangerous fighters in front of 90,000 people is only part of Anthony Joshua's rigorous mountain to climb.

This will be the Brit's third title defence as the IBF champion, but his most important without a doubt against the Ukrainian titan Wladimir Klitschko.

The 41-year-old is a very adaptable and strategic fighter, allowing him to control most fights with a bulk of stamina and strength, going the distance on some occasions.

Joshua has only been as far as the seventh against Dominic Breazeale in 2016, and needs a well-thought strategy to defeat his nemesis.

Luckily, the man has made his strategy no secret to anyone, labelling a five-point plan to secure a win, as reported by the Sun.

JOSHUA'S GAME PLAN

"1. With someone like Klitschko, you have to stay off the line at all times. Use little head movements to slip the Ukrainian’s attacks.

"2. Speed is key. I am 14 years younger than my opponent and need to take full advantage of being younger and faster than a man who has been out of the ring for 17 months.

"3. Put your combos together and if you are that quick — bang, bang, bang — you will meet Klitschko’s attacks and stop them in their tracks.

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"4. Klitschko is a man who is quite tall and who uses his height well. He dips his chin rather than his whole torso. He likes to stay relaxed and manoeuvre his opponent with the left hand, like a smokescreen. Don’t let him get you where he wants you.

"5. He keeps you at bay. Stay there, stay there, and then bang, he hopes for the knockout. But in his last fight, against Tyson Fury, Klitschko landed only 52 punches in 12 rounds and that eventually cost him."

It's certainly the best way for Joshua to approach this fight; it's a given that he would struggle in the long run, and he has to take advantage of any rustiness Klitschko may have from losing to Tyson Fury.

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Unfortunately for Joshua, Fury's style was more or less unpredictable, a luxury that he doesn't have now. He has to take control of the fight early, using his speed and power to his early advantage.

And he's made it clear that's what he plans to do.

Your move, Wladimir.

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