Klitschko has a great jab when he gets it going.
Having boxed in front of stadiums for years and knowing AJ was once just made up the numbers for his sparring team, he's got a decent mental advantage.
Being overly confident after knocking over poor opposition, boxing in London and have the full Sky team behind him... might lull AJ into a frame of mind where he will be over confident, go in for the crowd-pleasing kill ...and be knocked out himself.
Many forecast Wlad's arse would fall out against Haye but he shot out of the corner and pinned him for 12 rounds solid. It was a very offensive approach.
If this indeed Wlad's swansong, will he want to go out as a coward? I dont think so myself..
AJ is a big unit and Wlad might be intimidated - but he's fought guys just as big in the past and closed the show after a few cagey rounds. We will see.
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Thing is....I think if Joshua does go in for the kill, that won't hurt him because Wlad doesn't counter punch off an opponents attacks. He instead looks to slow the pace behind the jab and jabfeints, and then tries to slot a big bomb in off that once he's got the opponent under some sort of control.
Don't get me wrong....I don't want see Joshua get reckless, but I do want to see him step to Klitschko, put him on the back foot and fire positively.
Wlad won't want to go out a coward as you say.....but he's not a natural fighter when all is said and done. He never really looks relaxed or comfortable in the ring, and that he's been so tense in the past has resulted in stamina issues. He's worked hard to try and relax more in there and if he can get in a comfort zone then he's okay and can be effective.....but take that away and all the old flaws seen before are still there.
Wlad has fought some big men before....but they had precious little apart from size. Whilst I think its fair to say that Joshua is big and as powerful as anyone Wlad has ever fought, Haye could really crack too but Wlad was much the larger man so had that comfort zone.
Sam Peter was powerful, but had about as much movement and ability as a rock(though he did of course have Wlad over multiple times)
But Joshua though matches Wlad for sheer size so straight away one of Wlad's usual comfort zones is taken away. And only have to look at the Fury fight to see how much Wlad struggled against a man his size who came to win.
Joshua having too much respect is the only slight concern for me, and no question Klitschko is doing all he can to ramp up the mental games at the moment. Doing it all pally pally style, but he's trying to make Joshua take a step back and think too much. Wlad wants a chess match, not a shoot out. Though Joshua can outwit him if he continues to show Wlad plenty of respect prior to the first bell, let Wlad think he's got on top mentally.....only to go ape sh*t on him once the bell sounds.
I'm not really worried about this fight....I fully expect Joshua to get the job done early. But if he doesn't and Klitschko manages to prevail then all credit to Wlad. I wouldn't begrudge him the win because he'd have earned it....but I don't see it happening.