Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will face off at Wembley on April 29
Wembley Stadium will have a record crowd of 90,000 in when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko get into the ring on April 29, the same place Froch famously beat George Groves in a unification rematch.
The super-middleweight WBA and IBF world champion subsequently retired and while he will be ringside next weekend, Froch will spend this one playing poker at the party poker MILLIONS event in his home town of Nottingham.
But when the chips are down at Wembley, the 39-year-old knows Joshua will have to keep his head cool.
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“Joshua needs to be very cagey early on and clever with his feet,” Froch told Express Sport.
“Footwork is imperative.
“You can’t expect to go in winging away and expect to catch Klitschko, walking through him and landing a barrage of punches as he has against his previous opponents.”
Joshua has 18 professional fights under his belt since winning gold at London 2012 and all 18 of his paid victories have come by knockout – only twice has he been taken past the third round.
And Froch does not believe many of his previous experiences will stand him in good stead if he finds himself in trouble against Klitschko.
“Dillian Whyte aside, Joshua has knocked over a load of numpties,” Froch added.
“He beat Charles Martin for the world title in about five minutes.
Carl Froch believes his fight with George Groves paved the way for Joshua v Klitschko at Wembley
“Dominic Breazeale was game and the mind was willing but the body wasn’t able. He wasn’t good enough.
“And then he boxed Eric Molina who turned up to get paid.
“That is no preparation for Wladimir Klitschko.
“He’s had it all his own way and he’s had it too easy. Klitschko can fight, he’s got that ringcraft and a wealth of experience.
“If he uses his jab and his range and Joshua is found wanting early on, he’s going to have to be cool, calm and composed.
“He’ll have to listen to Rob McCracken in his corner.”
Joshua and Klitschko have been in a ring before. While the Ukrainian was preparing for a bout with Kubrat Pulev in 2014, the young British prospect spent 20 rounds in the ring with Klitschko, impressing with his athleticism and power.
But Froch reckons Joshua may have been better off hiding some of his talents during the session.
“I sparred with Groves before I fought him and it worked out in his favour because it was too easy for me and I thought the fight would be,” Froch said.
Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will have the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles on the line
“If Klitschko has not had his own way in sparring, he might know he’s in a fight and it might switch him on.”
Froch’s two fights, especially the rematch at Wembley, have left his name inextricably linked with Groves’.
“Klitschko might have the same impact on Joshua’s name, but not for the right reasons because he’s been beaten,” Froch said.
“His last fight was against Tyson Fury who beat him and it’s not like he’s this undefeated, unbeatable monster like Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis.
“It’s not that kind of a fight. But it is his acid test.
“It’s a legacy fight for Klitschko at this stage in his career and a great fight for him to win and retire.
“For Joshua, if and when he wins which he should, people are going to say he just beat an old man who hasn’t boxed for two years.”
***Carl Froch was speaking at the partypoker MILLIONS Event, Dusk Till Dawn Nottingham. For information visit www.partypoker.com.***
Source : EXPRESS