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Anthony Joshua Reveals What He Whispered To Klitschko After Climbing Off The Canvas

Anthony Joshua Reveals What He Whispered To Klitschko After Climbing Off The Canvas
By Gavan Casey

It speaks to the magnitude of their world heavyweight title fight that there's still significant interest in Anthony Joshua's spectacular destruction of Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.

With over 1.5 million pay-per-view purchases in the UK, over 10 millions viewers on German television, and huge audiences in the States, the 27-year-old Watford heavyweight is in seriously high demand on either side of the Atlantic.

Having turned down appearances on Jimmy Fallon, Colbert, Good Morning America and The Today Show to spend time in London with his family and friends, Joshua did emerge from his period of rest yesterday to partake in a Facebook Live Q&A for sponsors Under Armour, who signed the former Olympic champion in early 2016.

Questions were asked by both Facebook viewers and Fighting Talk's Colin Murray.

One of the topics which naturally arose was the utterly mental fifth round, in which Joshua knocked Klitschko down for the first time since Samuel Peter in 2005, and the sixth which saw Klitschko respond with what seemed like a fight-ending, nuclear right hand of his own, which sent Joshua sprawling to the canvas.

Joshua was seen muttering to Klitschko when he rose to his feet, and revealed during his Q&A exactly what was said between the pair, who had shown nothing but respect to each other prior to their fight.

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I was talking to him and I told him, 'If you let me get through this round, I'm going fuck you up'.

Then he said 'I'm going to knock you out', and I said 'I'm deadly serious!'

Joshua dismissed the jibes as "competition talk," and explained that Klitschko's knockdown of him actually helped spur him into action during the second half of a scintillating contest.

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When I went down, I saw his corner and I stuck my tongue out.

Where I'd tried to take him down in the fifth I'd used a lot of energy and then the sixth round came and I was a bit tired. I was waiting in front of him instead of moving my feet and I was just there for that sweet right hand.

I took it and I went down.

It was actually nice because I got a 10-second break. You need it! 10 seconds is like a lifetime in the ring.

I got up, counted to 10 and I remember him coming over and I said to myself 'whatever he throws I'm going to do my best to avoid it'.

And the rest, as they say...

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