Wladimir Klitschko excited by Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte and may be ringside
Last Updated: 21/09/15 5:04pm
Wladimir Klitschko is enthusiastic over the prospect of rising heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte clashing and may even attend the event.
The London rivals - both unbeaten as professionals after Whyte (16-0-KO13) overcame Joshua (14-0-KO14) in the amateurs - clash at a sold-out O2 on December 12 with the British and Commonwealth titles on the line.
WBA Super, WBO and IBF world champion Klitschko (64-3-KO53), who puts his belts on the line against Tyson Fury on October 24 live on Sky Sports Box Office, has hosted both fighters in his training camps and is relishing the prospect of watching them settle their differences.
The 39-year-old told Sky Sports: "It's great for boxing and makes me feel happy. I know both the fighters since they were in the training camp.
"I didn't know that they fought as amateurs and I know there is a lot of energy and dislike of each other before the fight. It makes people want to watch it.
I'm not going to the fights a lot but that fight, I might make time and come over. It's going to be interesting and entertaining.
"Actually, I'm not going to the fights a lot but that fight, I might make time and come over. It's going to be interesting and entertaining. It's challenging for both of the fighters and it's a dangerous fight for both of the fighters.
"As I mentioned before, I'm a fan of Anthony Joshua. I became his fan. I think he has great qualities. I know Dillian and he's also a great guy. I was observing Joshua in London winning the [Olympic] gold and getting the footsteps I got in 1996.
"I really think Anthony has a bright future. He's still raw and needs to learn a lot but I see incredible progress after each fight. He's getting better, mature and from a boy to a man. I've done it previously in my life as well.
"I'm happy that in my division there are guys like Dillian and Anthony and that they are going to fight each other. I wish them both the best of luck and not too many emotions. I hope the emotions don't drive them crazy. I hope they remain true professionals."
While he was positive over the 'Bad Intentions' showdown, Klitschko was recently critical of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who he suggested needs to step up his level of opposition.