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Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko Predictions, Betting Tips and Fight Preview

When is it?

29th April 2017

Where is it?

Wembley Stadium

What TV Channel will it be on?

Sky Sports Box Office

What time is it likely to start?

10pm, although this is subject to change on the night depending on the length of the undercard fights.

Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko Predictions

This should be an absolute cracker of a fight, but by no means will it be over quickly. Klitschko hasn’t been knocked out since April 2004 and he possesses a steel chin. This fight is also unlikely to go the distance, but it’s hard to see past an Anthony Joshua knockout. Klitschko may get knocked down in the first five rounds, but don’t expect the knockout until rounds six to nine.

Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko Betting Tips

Anthony Joshua

Record:                18-0 (18 KO), Streak: W18, Last 5: 5-0, Last 10: 10-0, Stance: Orthodox, Height/Reach: 6’6”/82”, Age: 27

This is the biggest fight of Anthony Joshua’s career so far and a huge step up in opposition for him. Klitschko may well be past his best, but Joshua is still yet to test himself against an opponent that is even comparable to Wladimir.

His last four fights against Dillian Whyte, Charles Martin, Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina have all been a step above what he fought before, but his fight with Molina was disappointing and there wasn’t much learned from it. Molina, who was a former challenge to Deontay Wilder’s World Heavyweight title looked out of shape and Joshua made light work of him.

We’ll learn a lot about Joshua in this fight, as for the first time, he’s facing a top talent and former King of the Heavyweight arena.

Wladimir Klitschko

Record:                64-4 (53 KO), Streak: L1, Last 5:  4-1, Last 10: 9-1, Stance: Orthodox, Height/Reach: 6’6”/81”, Age: 41

Klitschko’s last fight came in November 2015 and ended in defeat to Tyson Fury. Since then, Dr. Steelhammer and his team were locked in negotiations with Fury’s representatives, but were ultimately left unable to agree a rematch. The fight with Fury ended Klitschko’s 22-fight win streak, which stretched back over a decade. Now aged 41, he hasn’t fought in 18 months and he’s facing someone who meets him in size. Klitschko is going to have to withstand Joshua’s punches and power. He’s going to have to protect himself and either wait for him to tire or capitalise on his mistakes. His experience is significantly greater, but whether the real question is whether he’ll be able to apply it and whether his heart is in the fight.

Words by @dominictrant