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Wladimir Klitschko trainer admits Anthony Joshua tactical mistake that cost him world title defeat

The head of Wladimir Klitschko ’s training team has attributed his 2017 defeat at the hands of Anthony Joshua to a tactical misunderstanding.

After that defeat, Klitschko’s boxing legacy came to an end at the Wembley Stadium in London, but at some point in the fight it did look like Joshua was about to taste defeat for the first time in his professional career.

The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist had knocked down his experienced foe in the fifth round, but his confidence took a huge hit when he tumbled to the canvas a round later.

Although Anthony Joshua did looked liked he was struggling, but Klitschko’s failure to land a telling blow allowed Joshua to recover before his victory in the closing stages of tie.


Now Klitschko head trainer, Johnathon Banks has open up on the event that led to his fighter’s retirement. In the interview with Sky Sports he revealed that Klitschko might not have realised how badly his opponent was hurt, he put it this way;

"I said: 'Wladimir, you've got to finish this guy.’

"'No more boxing. Go get him! He's still hurt. You've got to finish him!'

"I believe he agreed but he didn't see what I saw. He saw someone still able to let their hands go."

Vitali Klitschko had preciously blamed himself for the losing the match. He joined his brother’s team after his own retirement back in 2012.

Vitali added: ”When Wladimir almost knocked Joshua out, I gave him the wrong advice. I was positive that Joshua, with his huge muscle mass, would not be able to last [the distance].

"I advised Wladimir not to rush anything. I had hoped that after the seventh, the eighth round... Joshua would really slow down.

“Now I think that maybe it was a mistake, maybe it was necessary to finish him off sooner."


Banks was asked about Vitali’s instruction, and he had this to say;N

"No, it makes no sense to bring it up.

“I’ve got brothers too and we're very close. If someone questions my brother, my initial thought is to defend my brother. I accept it and we move on.

"You've got to understand that to Vitali, it wasn't a mistake. His job is to protect his little brother. His emotion clouded the business.

"A lot of fathers who are trainers for their sons either stop the fight too early or too late.

"Someone unrelated? My job is also to protect but the emotion is different."

Since that match at Wembley stadium, Andy Ruiz became the first person to defeat Anthony Joshua in a professional boxing game.










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