Everything is supersized in big heavyweight title fight

first_imgLONDON (AP):Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko drew the kind of crowd for their final news conference that most fighters would be happy with once they got in the ring.Everything is supersized in their heavyweight title fight, including the fighters themselves. Both stand at 6 feet six inches.The two big – and big-punching – heavyweights meet tonight in England’s national stadium, where some 90,000 fans are expected to watch the most anticipated heavyweight fight in more than a decade. Most will be screaming for Joshua, but the loudest voice may be that of Klitschko’s brother, Vitali, in his corner.”My prediction is that Wladimir will knock him out,” said Vitali Klitschko, a former three-time heavyweight champion himself who is now the mayor of Kiev in his native Ukraine.Unfortunately for Klitschko, there will be no tag team match as he enters the ring an underdog for the first time in his career. He also enters it without a title belt for the first time in more than a decade after losing to Tyson Fury in his last fight in 2015.And, of course, he enters it seen as a villain by English fans who are hoping for Joshua to have the kind of heavyweight reign Klitschko has enjoyed – if not even better.”It’s his fans, I totally get it,” Klitschko said. “But it’s my night, my fight, my win.”POPULARITYJoshua’s popularity in his native country was evident on Thursday at the news conference in the Sky Sports building, where hundreds of employees left their desks to line the balconies and stairwells to get a glimpse of the two fighters. The fight quickly sold out Wembley Stadium when announced and will be on pay-per-view in England as well as both HBO and Showtime in the United States.It comes at a time when the heavyweight division is suddenly attractive again, with American Deontay Wilder holding part of the title and Joshua owning another piece.Joshua, who seemingly came from nowhere to win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, is a powerful puncher who has knocked out all 18 of his opponents but has yet to face anyone near the calibre of Klitschko.Klitschko will be fighting for the heavyweight title for the 29th time, a remarkable feat all by itself. With his brother, Vitali, he has dominated heavyweight boxing for the last decade, much to the displeasure of many avid boxing fans who don’t like his conservative style.But he has vowed to change his ways and be aggressive against Joshua, knowing that at age 41, this very well could be his last hurrah. The fact that Klitschko got the fight at all had a lot to do with his poor performance in losing the title by decision to Fury.”I think Father Time is a terrible person when he shows up,” said Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken. “And he’s already shown up.””It’s just me and another man coming to blows, and the best man will win,” the 27-year-old Joshua said. “April 29 is just another stepping stone to greatness.”Joshua is a former sparring partner for Klitschko, who used him in 2014 when Joshua had only seven pro fights. Klitschko said the two know each other well after working together for about 20 rounds.Until watching Joshua at a public training session on Wednesday, though, Klitschko saw something different.”I have never seen AJ as big as he is now,” he said. “He’s as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger.”last_img read more

BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE HOST THREE BLITZES

first_imgAction from the U14 boys game.This weekend saw Letterkenny Blaze host three separate blitzes with U14 boys, U14 girls and U16 boys participating.Teams travelled from Glenties BC, Sligo Warriors BC, Dungloe Demons BC, Mulroy Hoops BC and our own development teams to take part in this the Development League this year undertaken by the North West Area Board. The day saw some 20 games played in two venues Loreto Secondary School and Aura Leisure Centre. This format of games give the players the opportunity to put the skills they learn in training into a game type situation.Everyone put in a great deal of effort and it was a very enjoyable and beneficial day for all. On Saturday our U12 boys visited Sligo All Stars BC where they too took part in a blitz which is the format of competition this year at that age group. Elsewhere Storm Desmond got in the way of our U16 boys league team travelling to Anderstown Tigers and also Omagh Thunder coming to Letterkenny to play our u14 boys league team.Our U18 girls have a disappointing loss in overtime to Ballyshannon BC having led the charge throughout the game in normal time. However, a combination of injury and foul trouble led to their demise. However disappointing the result the game was a great one to watch with the Blaze girls working really well together. Aisling Nee and Serena Regan were strong for Blaze but really solid performances also came from Niamh Farrell, Isla Kelly and Sarah Boyle.Next weekend teams will be away to Queens BC Belfast on Saturday and we host Sligo All Stars on Sunday in Loreto gym, games tipping off at 10.30 with U14 girls. U18 girls travel to UUJ on Sunday to take on Ulster Elks just back from their quarter final National Cup defeat against Fr Matthews.Action form the U14 girls game.BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE HOST THREE BLITZES was last modified: December 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny blazelast_img read more