to further provocation from north korea remain on the table. president trump has assured the national rifle association, one of his biggest backers, that they would not be treated as a persecuted minority in his speech he is making at their convention in atlanta. you have a true friend and captain in the white house. no longer whether federal agencies be coming after law—abiding gun owners. now on bbc news — it's time for sportsday hello and welcome to sportsday. good evening i'm olly foster, at wembley stadium ahead of tomorrow night's super fight. anthonyjoshua and wladimir klitschko have weighed in and joshua has never been heavier. on the line, his ibf heavyweight title, and also the wba belt,
joshua says this is another step towards greatness. klitschko was the greatest for a decade. now a challenger at the age of 41 he says he can reach the top again. also coming up in the programme: andy murray avenges last week's defeat to albert ramos—vinolas — beating him to a place in the semi—finals of the barcelona open. and we're down to the business end of snooker‘s world championship as last year's winner — mark selby fights back to lead ding junhui in their semi—final. evening, welcome to wembley on the eve of what promises to be a very special night in the history of british and world boxing. the ring behind me is for the heavyweight champion
anthonyjoshua and wladimir klitchko in the strange position of being a challenger. let's hope we don't have poor weather. we're going to analyse both fighters. it has been such a busy couple of days, the head—to—head news conference, a public work—out, today's weigh in, let's remind ourselves of what happened in fight week. it doesn't matter who i'm fighting. ijust enjoy it doesn't matter who i'm fighting. i just enjoy what i it doesn't matter who i'm fighting. ijust enjoy what i do. i embrace every opportunity. no fear. no fear trembles through my body. every opportunity. no fear. no fear trembles through my bodylj every opportunity. no fear. no fear trembles through my body. i am a challenger again. i feel young, hungry, humble and totally obsessed.
on that first bout when they go into each other and start exchanging leather, that is when they will start focusing in and realise they have a job to do. they are saying, why are you guys sitting by the wayside? i'm thinking, and taking that challenge. i don't have that the man. i do i, six foot six aps. i'm going as far as i need to go to get the win. reed let's get this party started! how big is this fight going to be? we know wembley is big, but the fight itself. we knew when it was announced in early december, we knew it would be a fight that with the global reach. but only the last seven delays also that the extent of that global reach has come home. it has started to dawn on me. the americans are here in outrageous
numbers. it is being screened in america. there are more american journalist writing for newspapers that i've ever known, and i've been in this business 30 years. and we saw the way in today, almost £500 of boxing brawn and brain, £250, just shy of 18 stone. too heavy?” boxing brawn and brain, £250, just shy of 18 stone. too heavy? i don't know of it is too heavy, it would be the way i was training. i would want seven 01’ the way i was training. i would want seven or £8 lighter. it means yang gained about 25 lb since he turned professional. that is odd, because he was already a formed human being. he didn't tab as i aged coming 22. but he had a gold medal, where has wladimir klitschko is only if you pounds heavier than when he won 17 yea rs pounds heavier than when he won 17 years ago. joshua looks relaxed. he can't have owned that stage today. are you one of those doubting the key is too relaxed! i like to see them relax. i liked is in fighters
when you look at them, they can put their hand out at it is not shaking. i don't want them edgy and fight night. i want to relax tonight. he has been so relaxed in camp in sheffield for the past few months, thatis sheffield for the past few months, that is right because up with him when he was just hounding those skills before he hits london. let's hear from anthony skills before he hits london. let's hearfrom anthonyjosh skills before he hits london. let's hear from anthonyjosh in skills before he hits london. let's hearfrom anthonyjosh in depth. it has been a long road. i've been here for about 13 weeks. it is what has been needed. ifeel at peace and i feel confident because even with a few more days to go, i've left no stone unturned. it is nice to be...
have kids supporting you, i left the neighbours kids outside a hotel room, chasing me, giving me stuff design. it is nice. how are these kids watching what we're doing? we're just any gym, training. but it is reaching a audience. as long as it doesn't make me late for training, i have no problem with a0 to 100 people. if! training, i have no problem with a0 to 100 people. if ijust got to get to 100 people. if ijust got to get to the gym, that's the only part i start thinking maybe i do need to lock myself away a bit, but other than that, when i'm any gym, as long as i'm here, i'm a cat you're in when i'm leaving the gym, no problem. if this was the one the end of my career, i would say this is the defining fight that is going to write the history books. i've done everything. this fight for me is one fight that i've got to take in my stride, round four round, and when i ta ke stride, round four round, and when i take that attitude, the victory comes, we move on, so many take that attitude, the victory comes, we move on, so many other big fights in the uk. he is coming game
and ready. ithink fights in the uk. he is coming game and ready. i think the body does what the mind tells it in his mind seems to be in the right place, so i go to be in for a tough fight, but thatis go to be in for a tough fight, but that is why repetition, i've been here for so many weeks, i've lived simple, i've been training hard in the dark light so i can shine under the dark light so i can shine under the bright lights. i think i may not express myself flashing what i have done and showing everyone i'm the greatest, if not this guy out, i've fought in guy, as when we're the ring face—to—face, it is a com pletely ring face—to—face, it is a completely different ball game. he isa he is a man with a plan. you are down there, it is a nice line, isn't it? it is not going to be brighter lights than here tonight. they've been testing the pyrotechnics and everything. fighting outdoors is a strange thing. at night time. it is an odd thing. everything is
different. the energy from the crowd can train you, can sap you. what he has insisted it that it would sap him, he's insisting it will give them energy and that is what training might to taper his body so that he is ready when he gets here. that is bad practice. sometimes we thinkjoshua is a kid, but he's only in the says he has had 18 fights. he has a man in his corner who in the same arena a few years ago in front of 80,000 people, so he knows exactly what you have to do. of 80,000 people, so he knows exactly what you have to dom of 80,000 people, so he knows exactly what you have to do. it was interesting that he was saying he's had his 18 fights, he says this is not a defining fight. it would be if it was towards the end of his career. he still has a long career ahead. what might be the defining fight is the rematch trilogy. many other guys who arrived at the moment. he has to say that, but i'll tell you he really said that, he cannot be seen to be thinking that this is a make or break fight. cannot be seen to be thinking that this is a make or breakfight. it is
just fight 19. it is not the end of his career. it is not that start, it is just like 19. his career. it is not that start, it isjust like 19. fraudulent evidence of good advice, because he fought in front of 80,000 here, that there could well be broken. there go the fires behind us. they got all sorts of planned tomorrow night. joshua was first body—builder, it was half full wembley stadium, let's hear from karl crotch. this is his acid test. he's in against a veteran. ukrainian wladimir klitschko, he knows how to box a move and survive when he needs to. joshua will be nervous and apprehensive, and i think the wembley stadium will add to the nerves. i do that will help him. i don't know if he will be able to enjoy it as much as i did, purely because there's a lot of pressure and highs on him, he is expected to win, and he has this mammoth task in front of him. it is totally different. chalk and cheese. the
venue, the stadium, it goes out the window, doesn't matter, a boxing ring is a boxing ring. but when it is somewhere so big, if you're nervous, you will be more nervous. if you are happy and enjoying it, you will enjoy it more. joshua always seems to be happy, that smile never goes away. he will be relaxing now at his hotel. we will be looking very closely at wladimir klitschko, his time and amount is as is traditional ahead of his fight, when we come back. by les had you back to salford for the rest of the day's news. thanks ollie, let's start with andy murray who's let's start with andy murray who's through to the semi—finals of the barcelona open after a hard —fought victory against albert ramos—vinolas — the man who knocked him out of the monte carlo masters last week. the spaniard took the first set but the world number one fought back to take the second and the third went to tie break which murray won 7—a. meanwhile maria sharapova
is through to the semi—finals in stuttgart as she continues her comeback from a drugs ban. sharapova saw off estonian qualifier annette kontaveit for her third—straight win on her return after 15 months out of the game. the 30—year—old five—time grand slam winner has yet to drop a set in the tournament. and romania's fed cup captain — ilie nastase has issued an apology for his behaviour towards britain'sjohanna konta and her captain anne keothavong in their tie in romania last week. the 70—year—old has been provisionally suspended by the international tennis federation for his conduct. he was also overheard making apparently racist comments about serena williams‘ unborn baby. ? ilie nastase has defended his comments. do you think if i say coffee with milk it is a racial
word? was that many people think and interpreted that... many people think about, but who is the one person who has decided... for me it is not racial. serena williams wrote that the comet was done as she released a statement. it may be racialfor released a statement. it may be racial for other people. anybody else get upset, i don't understand. what did you mean then?” else get upset, i don't understand. what did you mean then? i don't mean anything. if it is nothing to be racial, it is not the word that is racial. mark selby staged an early comeback in his world snooker championship semifinal with ding junhui. the defending champion came into today trailing 5—3 but took the first four frames of the second session to build a 7—5 lead in what's a repeat of last year's final. it's been back and forth since then but selby has managed to keep a two frame advantage — leading 9—7 ahead of this evening's session.
in the other semifinal, john higgins has extended his lead against barry hawkins — after winning a marathon final frame in the afternoon session, which lasted just over a6 minutes. that puts higgins 10—6 up, first to 17 wins. they start again at 10am tomorrow. sebastien vettel looks determined to increase his lead in the formula one drivers‘ championship after topping the time sheets in practice ahead of this weekend's russian grand prix. the ferrari driver was a quarter of a second ahead of his team mate kimi raikkonen. and more than half a second ahead of the mercedes of valtteri bottas and championship rival lewis hamilton. several teams showed their support for british teenager billy monger who had both legs amputated following a crash in a formula four race a fortnight ago. more than three quarters of a million pounds has been raised to help his recovery. now the first stage of the tour de yorkshire has been marred by a big crash within sight
of the finish line in scarborough. danish rider magnus cort nielsen fell with less than two hundred yards to go on the 107 mile stage. the crash brought down several other riders including 22—year—old briton tao geoghegan—hart, who's in his first season as a professional rider with team sky. dutchman dylan groene—wegen won the stage, all those caught up in the crash will be given the same time. team sky's elia viviani has won stage three of the tour de romandie in switzerland. the italian was guided to the sprint finish by team leader chris froome. the briton remains 29 seconds off the overall lead. 1a—year—old maisie summer—newton won bronze in the two hundred metre individual medley at the british para—swimming international meet 2017 in sheffield. 1a—year—old summer—newton swimming on the top of your screen competes in the sm6 category and scored 911 points to grab a place on the podium. she competes in the sm6 category — the same as five—time paralympic champion ellie simmonds — who wasn't racing at this meet.
summer—newton's time was a personal best and would've been enough ididn't i didn't think i was going to go that far, so i'm very happy with how this day has gone. i'm going to go back to training, i've worked really hard, hopefully get to british summers and qualify. i'm quite interested in professional swimming site go to go back to training first, hopefully to get more pdas are first, hopefully to get more pdas a re lower first, hopefully to get more pdas are lower my times. great britain is one of four countries to formally express an interest in staging the 2022 commonwealth games. liverpool, birmingham and london have been listed as potential host cities after durban lost the right to put—on the event. the other nations to have expressed an interest — are australia, canada and malaysia. tottenham have confirmed they'll play their home games at wembley there next season. spurs are having a new stadium built next to their current home but they'll need to move out for the 2017/18 season to finish off the new 60,000 plus seater venue. it means sunday's north london derby
will be the last at white hart lane. but tonight wembley‘s all about the boxing. let's get back to olly with more build up to tomorrow's big fight. that's all from me for now. let's hope spurs wembley reckoned im proves let's hope spurs wembley reckoned improves next season. they won't get 90,000 in here, that's for sure. every time we turn round, it looks like that ring is coming together. more pyrotechnics had been tested, the music as well. this look at anthonyjosh applause opponent. the man who dominated the division for a decade, he was unbeaten for ten, 11 years. doctor steel hammer, wladimir klitschko, he and his mother whether the top of their game. so much experience between the two, as is traditional he hides himself away up in the alps, let the media in brieflyjust a couple of
weeks out from the big fight, wladimir klitschko, and we went to meet him in his austrian hideaway. i believe this fight will be a signature fight, and absolutely the most important fight of my career. i was reigning champion for a long time. iam was reigning champion for a long time. i am a challenge now. i am totally covered with that. you can climb out everest are still improve timely window of the year. you might make it, you might not. i did have four of... make it, you might not. i did have fourof... mi6 to make it, you might not. i did have four of... m16 to eight fights,
failure means to me a lesson. i learned the lessons and i am still here. i am still in the game. he is still young, olympic champion, world champion, 18 fights, 18 knockouts. i am happy for him. i'm a supporter of his talent. now is the right time, the opportunity is there. opportunities do not come every day. i have the greatest chance to get my titles back and fight olympic champion, world champion, and i think the chance is really looking 50-50. i think the chance is really looking 50—50. ijust think the chance is really looking 50—50. i just want to show to myself ican do 50—50. i just want to show to myself i can do it. i've still got it. i know i can do it. it is personal to me, ijust know i can do it. it is personal to me, i just want to leave that know i can do it. it is personal to me, ijust want to leave that ring as the winner. that is my goal. that is my obsession. obsessions, that has been the key
word anyhow build—up to this fight forwladimir word anyhow build—up to this fight for wladimir klitschko. he has fought over 350 professional rounds. anthonyjoshua, less fought over 350 professional rounds. anthony joshua, less than fought over 350 professional rounds. anthonyjoshua, less than 50. you are talking about the similarities between the two. you go back, both olympic champions. wladimir klitschko in 96, and then 2012 joshua. to be honest, i was ringside in atla nta, joshua. to be honest, i was ringside in atlanta, dreadful olympics, fantastic boxing. vladimir didn't —— wladimir klitschko looked vulnerable and skinny he was yet to fill out, even though he was a man. when he turned professional, his first half dozen fights, he was a big bambi, he fell over co nsta ntly, dozen fights, he was a big bambi, he fell over constantly, he got tangled up fell over constantly, he got tangled up fighters. when joshua fell over constantly, he got tangled up fighters. whenjoshua turned pro,
he looked composed, relatively composed. from the very start. stadium fights, rainy night in hamburg when david lahaye took an wladimir klitschko. giving the bad press that the tally and wladimir klitschko got was merely from david hasting devastating up the division and where boring? got to give wladimir klitschko a lot of credit. you are right, you have nailed something there. i've been talking about if i couple of days. it only occurred to me a few days ago. david hay were so high profile when he went over to fight wladimir klitschko in what turned out to be a dreadful night because of the rain, and what david hay said to people that had the missing wladimir klitschko, these two ukrainians, they have so step, he did it in a muhammad ali voice, they are rubbish, they were bored youth, they only make the fights go along so they get more money. people believe this. they had never seen them fight. the reality is they are exponents of the noble art. they
fight not to get hit, the fight to win. this is why eddie hearn who was promoting this fight has done so much for anthonyjoshua balls career so much for anthonyjoshua balls career so far, he says this is a gamble, it isa so far, he says this is a gamble, it is a big gamble because of that experience is that wladimir klitschko has. victory on saturday, i think that cements that position as the biggest art in british sport and world boxing. i think the country will start on saturday night in anticipation of this fight with your watching it live, in the arena following, everyone will want to know the result of this fight. he is testing himself, that is something that will resonate with sports fans. they like to see people gamble and roll the dice. that is what he is doing. he deserves credit. it would have been easy for him to go the other way and keep learning, keep bubbling along, but he was to be in these fights, he believes it is the right time for him to take this challenge, and victory on saturday ta kes challenge, and victory on saturday takes into a whole new level. more fire going off behind as. not half
as much as magazine giving tomorrow. guaranteed a fight here. without a doubt, he will take some risk, wladimir klitschko, that is a strange thing to say, and joshua will take risk, he knows he cannot win this by spanning back and admiring this six feet six man mountain in front of him. he must go forward. he doesn't know enough did it technically like tyson fury did it, so we'll have to take risks, and with that welcome fire. there will bea with that welcome fire. there will be a fight in here tomorrow night i guarantee it. neither fighter was diluted future, it could be curtains and the end of the road if wladimir klitschko gets defeated at the age of a1. just a bump on the road for anthonyjoshua if of a1. just a bump on the road for anthony joshua if he of a1. just a bump on the road for anthonyjoshua if he gets beaten. but to look to the future, whoever wins here will have two belts then they will look to unify again if possible, wilder is the heavyweight champion, he is in town, has spent him at the way in today. most
definitely. this has been marinated through a lot of people heads. the promoters, managers, networks. i think they are putting stuff together now. it would be a delay. people are demanding this. especially ifjoshua people are demanding this. especially if joshua wins, people are demanding this. especially ifjoshua wins, they will bea especially ifjoshua wins, they will be a bigger man, nobody else is doing to be able to fight but wilder. unification bout. that is why i want to get that belt, bring another bill to the table. winner ta kes another bill to the table. winner takes all. that would be an incredible fight. so complicated get these unification fights together, but wilder is waiting and willing. he is, he will come here and no two ways about it, and he is exciting. he turns a fight with one punch. his big right hand, he calls it his big shot, was that lands, he has the drop people, not them out. a great
fight, it can be made. we'vejust got to get the sanctioning bodies to see sense. we'll see how this goes tomorrow. a great undercard, a lot of british olympians, but quick, he's fighting a few title eliminators. this aid for irish sensation katy taylor. each time they are getting bigger and better, and london has been very good to me in recent years but the olympics, and now i have a chance to win my first pro title at the weekend. i just cannot wait for it. it is an intercontinental lightweight belt. get past that, she could bother having world title by the summer. that should be a cracking fight. her opponent is hard to invent. she is german and she looks german. she's got the german colours on. she worked in a scrap yard in scarborough. not content with that working in a restaurant, she worked ina scrap working in a restaurant, she worked in a scrap yard, says she has this
mix—up accent. she is unbeaten, it is great for katy taylor because after four fights, this olympic gold medallist, darling of boxing, hadley chase, she won't chase near, this is the revolution, they are leading it. agb one fights we are looking forward to tomorrow evening. how can you follow up all this? it is going to be with steve barnes on five live, sports from nine o'clock, i think coverage starts around 9pm. it will be all over the bbc sport website. you are looking forward to that. we are providing our position. we are that. we are providing our position. we a re pillows that. we are providing our position. we are pillows tomorrow, i will be six feet from that ring and you have to thank yourself. that is a privilege, trust me, you need to make sure you remember. there are 90,000 people here, hundreds of thousands that could not get in.
value for your time, thousands that could not get in. value foryourtime, steve. thousands that could not get in. value for your time, steve. that is it for this edition of sports day. 90,000 here tomorrow. have you had a great weekend. one man here, they show you, is going to be feeling great, tomorrow evening. only one of them, anthonyjoshua r wladimir klitschko, will be the champion tomorrow evening. fewer showers around today, but there has been a fair amount of cloud and some of it fairly dense in places as you can see from this weather watchers picture earlier in herefordshire. some breaks in the cloud, particularly to the east of the pennines and in fact west yorkshire we had some decent sunny spells. that has been the story through the day. showers have been fairly isolated. we keep this quiet theme as we go through the night and
for of the bank bank holiday weekend. they fewer showers tonight but they will be few and far between, and the temperature is not falling too far, so it will stay frost free for most of us with attempted sitting around 5—9dc. a mild start with a light southerly breeze as sunny spells to greet as on saturday morning. not a bad day and prospect, any showers will be visibly isolated, you will catch 12 if you're unlucky. the bees by the end of the day started to pick up further west. the wind is coming from a southerly direction, so anyone who was the mid—to high teens not out of the question, 17 celsius. heading to the tour of yorkshire this weekend, perfect weather conditions for both spectators and for the cyclists with those template is around the mid teens. unusual to have a graphic for boxing, but if you're heading to wembley, it it is going to be a dry affair, too. we will see the potential for some
change in the middle half of the weekend into sunday, with an area of low pressure in the south—west, could bring some heavy, welcome rain into the south—west and into wales, but has its last push north and east it will begin substantially and stay dry across north—eastern areas through the day, but that france spells at swaying north and east it may weaken and not because much rain as it pushes into north—east england and scotland. wet weatherfor a as it pushes into north—east england and scotland. wet weather for a time in london, that clears away my bank holiday monday with sunny spells and scattered showers chiefly to the west and still those temperatures around 10—15dc. i have got my glasses half full hat on for this bike on the weekend, could be a lot worse. the breezy but warmer than it has been. not all doom and gloom, how one will it be? temperatures will probably be sitting around where they should be for this type of year. 11 — 16 celsius. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8.00pm: a breast cancer surgeon accused of playing god" with people's lives
is found guilty of carrying out "completely unnecessary" operations on hundreds of women. the scar as i thought were there because they were a badge of honour and now because he has needed it to me and! and now because he has needed it to me and i have been to this for nothing. mr paterson has enjoyed any remorse for the terrible things he has done and he has really damaged the trust that the public has in the health service and put some of our health service and put some of our health professionals. health service and put some of our health professionals. concerns had first been raised about ian paterson more than 20 years ago — we'll be asking how he was able to continue operating for so long. the other headlines tonight: police say they have foiled an active terrorist plot after a woman was shot during a raid in north—west london. also: the man detained while carrying knives in whitehall