Ex-Nigeria Coach Mensah: I Expected Joshua To Knock Out Klitschko

Ex-Nigeria Coach Mensah: I Expected Joshua To Knock Out Klitschko

By James Agberebi:

Former Nigeria national boxing coach Joe Mensah says he was not surprised that Nigeria-born British boxer Anthony Joshua knocked out Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in their heavyweight world title bout at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


Joshua, 27, made it 19 straight knockouts in 19 professional fights when he sent Klitschko, 41, to the canvass in the 11th round.

The win means Joshua is now the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) heavyweight champion.

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Mensah who represented Nigeria at the boxing event of the Munich 1972 Olympics, stated that Klitschko’s age was his bane.

“Like I said before the fight, I knew Joshua would win because he has age on his side,” Mensah told Completesportsnigeria. com.

“I wasn’t surprised that the fight ended in a knockout, I had predicted that it would surely happen but I didn’t get the round correct.

“Though Klitschko showed his experience, his age eventually caught up with him.

“I think it is a good experience for Joshua fighting someone like Klitschko because I believe he must have learnt one or two things which I believe will be good for him.”

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