Is Kenneth Egan buying the hype as Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko prepare for battle?

Olympic silver medalist analyses what to expect from the heavyweight contest

Anthony Joshua, Vladimir Klitschko, boxing

Boxers Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko pose for the media after a press conference announcing their unification fight for the IBF, IBO and WBA World Heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium in London, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. The fight is expected to take place at Wembley Stadium in London on April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Kenneth Egan believes April's heavyweight boxing contest against Anthony Joshua at Wembley will be a "fight too much" for Wladimir Klitschko. 

The bout between the British and Ukrainian fighters with the WBA (Super), IBF and IBO titles on the line has been much hyped but 2008 Olympic silver medalist Egan sees it as a battle between a Klitschko "past his best" and a Joshua who has not been fully tested thus far in an unbeaten career.

Speaking to Off The Ball he feels that thus far the British fighter's opponents have not been standout.

"A dog in the street knows that he's been knocking over these guys first, second, third, fourth round - handy enough. But I think it's getting boring now at this stage so he needs to be tested," he said.

"Is Klistchko the test for him at 41 years of age [by the time the fight occurs]? Is this just another circus act? I think Klitschko is past his best and I think this will look good for Joshua if he goes out and he does the business in April. But I think it's a bit too easy for Joshua. There's other fights there he could take - the likes of [Joseph] Parker or [Deontay] Wilder. But he doesn't want to go near these guys yet because maybe he's not ready. But Klitschko I think is past his best. And I think maybe Klitschko would like to fight Joshua rather than [Tyson] Fury because Fury was just a nightmare for him.

"So maybe this could be redemption for Klitschko but I just think it's a fight too much for him." 

Egan feels Joshua can still be a bit "raw" stylistically in the ring but that he does the basics well, with a perfect jab.

But he sees the potential for him to become more imposing a few more fights down the line.

"He will be unstoppable and Eddie Hearn has done a fantastic job guiding him to where he is today," he said.

And in the future, he added that: "The fight everybody wants to see is Wilder and Joshua".