LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 15 – Anthony Joshua has dismissed the suggestion that Wladimir Klitschko’s ‘little bro’ comments were intended to patronise him.
The IBF heavyweight champion (18-0) shared pleasantries with upcoming opponent Klitschko on Wednesday at Wembley, the scene of their Sky Sports Box Office collision on April 29.
Klitschko, 40, called Joshua a “friend” and, referring to time spent together in previous training camps, labelled the world champion his “little bro”.
“He’s called me that since the days when we were never going to fight,” Joshua clarified afterwards. “So I let it go over my head. This is where the respect comes into it. It’s fine. It could get to you, but I let it go.
“I still have a lot to prove, and that’s the right mentality for me. If I was talking like I’m the master, that would be me believing my own hype.
“He can call me ‘little bro’ but, if I spank him out inside a round, it’s irrelevant, isn’t it? “You have to be true to yourself. I don’t try to act in a certain way.”
“If Wlad wins, he’ll say to himself ‘okay, I’m still the big bro’. But if he loses he’ll realise the torch is changing hands, and it’s a totally different era. This is the start of a new legacy of an up-and-coming champion.”
By Sky Sports