ANTHONY JOSHUA has joked about exhausting himself in his unforgettable clash with Wladimir Klitschko.
AJ scored a stunning 11th-round TKO victory over Dr Steelhammer at Wembley Stadium three years ago to claim the unified heavyweight titles.
Anthony Joshua scored a stunning 11th-round KO victory over Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017[/caption]
But the Olympian gassed himself out going for the kill in the fifth round[/caption]
The fatigue Joshua suffered that night at Wembley has stayed with him[/caption]
But the Watford warrior looked to get the Ukrainian out of the ring in the fifth after dropping him midway through the round, going all out and eventually gassing himself out.
That onslaught proved to be a costly one as a drained Joshua ended up being floored by Klitschko in the sixth.
Promoter Eddie Hearn recalled Joshua’s hunt for the kill during a recent chat with the Olympian, saying: “It’s like watching you against Klitschko in the sixth round.
“He was like [shakes fist in a circle] doing that and then he started chasing him around.
“And then there’s like 20 seconds left and he’s like, huff, huff.”
That fatigue lives long in the memory of the 31-year-old, who admits he was also too gung-ho in his KO victory over Kubrat Pulev last December.
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He said: “It was the worst feeling, bro. It happened in the Pulev thing [too].
“In the third round, I was hitting him and I was thinking, ‘Stop, stop.’
“[But] I was still hitting him. In my head, I was like, ‘Stop, stop, stop, stop.
“Bruv, I swear in my head I was thinking, ‘Stop, stop, stop.’
“And then I chased him around the ring and went doosh. I thought, ‘Yes, I’ve got him.’
“And the ref was like, ‘One.’ And I was like, ‘No.’ [Laughs]”
“It was the worst feeling, bro.
Anthony Joshua on being gassing himself out in the fifth round against Wladimir Klitschko
Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn remembers Joshua’s reaction to the end of the fifth round against Klitschko all too well.
He said: “You could almost see when the bell went at the end of that round and you were like this [shrugs shoulders], ‘Oh f**k.’”
Going for broke is something Olympic gold medalist Joshua will refrain from doing unless he can be ‘efficient’ with his shots.
He said: “That’s what I’m learning in this boxing. Skills, you’ve got to be confident in your head, practice how you’re gonna fight.
“That’s one of those keys and all that stuff. You can’t practice different to how you fight.
“You’ve got to practice head movement, boxing there, being aggressive.
“But you’ve got to learn how to be efficient. How to let your shots go and how to be efficient.”
Joshua will be hoping to remain calm and be efficient in his upcoming clash with former undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk.
AJ will defend his unified heavyweight titles against the undefeated Ukrainian three weeks on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
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