Joshua has game plan in place for Klitschko

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Anthony Joshua says his scheduled world title showdown with heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko comes at "the perfect time".

Joshua walked through Eric Molina in Manchester on Saturday, dominating the American before a third-round stoppage, though attention was swiftly swung to April 29 next year, when the IBF champion and Klitschko are scheduled to meet at Wembley Stadium.

Klitschko lost the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and lineal heavyweight titles to Tyson Fury in November 2015, before seeing several attempts at a rematch this year fall through before the Briton relinquished his titles amid personal problems.

Pitting the division's most dominant force of the 21st Century and its biggest prospect has whetted the appetite and Joshua says he already has plans in place to beat the Ukrainian veteran.

"I just wanted to focus on this fight with [Eric] Molina but to see Klitschko here [in Manchester] makes it real," he said.

"It doesn't matter whether it's 90,000 or nine people, it's the same regulations and rules.

"I'm going to box Klitschko for 12 rounds, make him miss and make him pay, and if the knock-out comes I will be able to say I did something no-one else did.

"But I'm not going in there to say I'm going to knock Klitschko out in two rounds.

"It is the perfect time for me to move up another step and contest my heavyweight championship belt against one of the legends of our sport."

Promoter Eddie Hearn hopes to see Joshua fight in front of 90,000, as well as planning to add the WBA strap, which is currently vacant after Fury's vacation.