Joshua vs Klitschko: Anthony Joshua facing Mount Everest when he meets me, claims Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko has warned Anthony Joshua he will be facing Mount Everest when they fight at Wembley Stadium on April 29.

The 41-year-old is bidding to win Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title and the WBA belt last held by Tyson Fury in front of what is expected to be a post-war record crowd of 90,000 for a boxing event in the United Kingdom.

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Klitschko took to Twitter to mock Joshua’s claims on Tuesday that he “needs to be a billionaire”, and the former WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion has now aimed a further dig in the Brit’s direction.

On April 29th I’m going to fight a wannabe billionaire. Fellas, how many wannabe billionaires did you “fight” in your life? I’ve none.

Klitschko represents the biggest challenge in 27-year-old Joshua’s career to date, in which he has so far fought 18 times, with 18 knockouts.

By contrast Klitschko’s only defeat in 11 years came against Joshua’s compatriot Fury, a vastly different fighter. The Ukrainian dismissed suggestions he is in decline, comparing his exceptional longevity with the world’s highest peak, and the scale of the task Joshua has to overcome.

“Please excuse me and this may sound arrogant, but for example, a parallel: Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world,” Klitschko said.