The mutual praise between Joshua and Klitschko echoed the civilised and respectful way the two former Olympic champions had behaved in the build-up to the contest but there was nothing civil about the brutal punishment they dished out to each other. Joshua weighed in Friday before thousands of eager fans at 250.1 pounds, while Klitschko was 240.5.
Following a show of respect to his defeated opponent Klitschko, Joshua looked ahead to a potential bout against Fury as he played to the crowd.
But the 27-year-old Joshua, who has never fought past the seventh round casting doubts over his stamina should the fight go into the later rounds, says he is willing to wait.
Joshua vs Klitschko fight dubbed as a fight for the history booksBy Lena Reece Saturday 29/04/2017Anthony Joshua (left) and Wladimir Klitschko. "Somebody is going to win and somebody is going to continue their career, I'm very confident it'll be me". "He s a puncher".
"I love you too guys". Aged just 27, he has amassed 18 wins and maintained a ideal 100 per cent knockout ratio, with his longest bout lasting only seven rounds of the scheduled 12. He is just wrecking anyone that's in front of him to get to the top.
"Klitschko's the first champion that I've fought. The question marks on both fighters make this a fight for the fans".
"When you're competing, it's tunnel vision. Even though there are handsome people, I have to keep tunnel vision".
"I just have this feeling - this is my night", said Klitschko, who turned professional after winning gold at the 1996 Olympic Games.
"Experience is something that you can not buy in a shop, you gain it over the years", Klitschko said. He hasn't fought this type of quality of fighter yet. I think Joshua will stop him eventually and catch him with a solid shot. The fight will be for the vacant WBA (Super) and IBO titles, as well as Joshua's IBF heavyweight title.
Though Klitschko is far more experienced it is Joshua who is favourite to triumph.
In the sixth, Joshua's early confidence had evaporated and he dropped to the canvas after being stunned by a right hand to the temple.
Deontay Wilder, the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion, was present at the weigh-in and the American could face the victor of Saturday s bout in the next 12 months.
It is his rival Frank Bruno, an inferior fighter to Lewis, who has always been held in greater affection; David Haye was also at one point more popular despite never being the best heavyweight in the world. "Kev and I were excited about it and were picturing combos that we could land on both of them".