The biggest fight of 2017, or even since Mayweath v Pacquiao is upon us. Anhony Joshua goes up against Wladimir Klitshko in his ultimate test to date. For the Ukranian it is looking like a last hurrah that could end in either ultimate glory or acknowledgment of a storied career coming to its end.
The fight will take place on Saturday 29th April 2017 at Wembley Stadium in front of a beying crowd of 90,000. They will surely be on the side of local boy Joshua. In fact Anthony Joshua has never fought outside of the UK in all of his 19 professional bouts to date. This makes him comfortable on home soil. His last fight against Eric Molina took place in December and ended with a KO in the 3<sup>rd</sup> round.
Anthony Joshua has only been taken beyond that point twice in his career. If Klitshko is anything like his former self then he should be able to make that three. The fight is more of a media spectacle and story of Joshua’s progress but this is still a title fight. Joshua is current IBF World Heavyweight champion. There is also the WBA and IBO titles on the line after being made vacant by Tyson Fury
Currently Joshua is the firm favourite with best odds being offered at 4/9 by Betfair and William Hill. Klitschko stands at 9/4 with Skybet. The best odds come from a draw and 40/1 (Paddy Power) but with Joshua reputation for KO’s and Klitschko’s experience if either fighter does his best on the night it is unlikely to be a draw on the night!
The fight is believed to be worth £30m with record pay-per-view sales and an unusual TV deal in America with HBO and Showtime broadcasting at the same time. This is likely to be Anthony Joshua’s coming of age fight and if all goes well he will have the world at his feet and finally some fight on the road.