Klitschko a defining fight for Joshua

24 January 2017 10:50:23 EST

Anthony Joshua claims his heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on 29th April could be "defining" for his career.

The 27-year-old current IBF heavyweight champion will put his title and unbeaten record on the line against the 40-year-old Ukrainian former WBA, IBF, IBO aand WBO champion in London.

A future unified fight with current undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder has been mooted with Joshua and promoter Eddie Hearn set to fly out to America this coming weekend to boost his popularity with the fans over the pond.

When we talk about defining fights, this is one that could change the perspective of my credibility within my industry. That's why this fight is important.

Anthony Joshua

However, Joshua knows that a showdown with Klitschko is one which could have a huge impact on his boxing career should he pass such a tough assignment with flying colours.

"I tried to play it down, I'm quite like that - 'It's only another fight'," Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ.

"But emotionally you will always change how you feel about something. I'm going into the stage, emotionally, where this is my defining fight.

"I've done what I had to do to become champion, which is great. But when we talk about defining fights, this is one that could change the perspective of my credibility within my industry. That's why this fight is important.

"That's why I want to do certain things before I get into training camp, because that will be my sole focus no matter the opportunities on the table outside of my training camp.

"This is my goal, this is it. This is the heavyweight championship."

Joshua is 2/5 to win the fight, while Klitschko is 15/8 to come out on top.

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