Heavyweight Title – Joshua v Klitschko

UFC betting odds

Heavyweight Title Fight

Wembley Stadium plays host to one of the most anticipated fights of the year as Anthony Joshua & Wladimir Klitschko go toe to toe in the ring with the IBF, WBA & IBO heavyweight world titles on the line.

Joshua, the current IBF champion, is the home town favourite and has the opportunity to become the biggest fighter on the planet with a win here.  The 27 year old is an awesome specimen of an athlete and holds a perfect 18-0 professional record, all his victories coming by way of knockout. Meanwhile, Klitschko is returning to the ring following his upset loss to Tyson Fury.  Klitschko is 41 years old and has dominated the ring for the past 10 years but his powers may be on the wane.  Prior to losing to Fury, the Ukrainian hadn’t lost for 11 years.

There are two key questions that have to be answered going into the fight, firstly just how good is Joshua?  Despite his exemplary record,  AJ, is he is commonly known, hasn’t fought anyone of any clear quality and his best win came against Dillian Whyte (The Wolf doesn’t know him either) in 2015.  Secondly, is Klitschko past it? The Ukrainian is 41 and this will be his first fight for 17 months, since his loss to Fury.  He has called off two scheduled rematches with Fury due to injury and The Wolf believes that this ring-rustiness will hinder him come Sunday morning.

Joshua, as previously mentioned, is a beast of an athlete and bases his fighting on his immense power and his ability to cut the ring down in size, isolating his opponent before unleashing a flurry of punches that nobody has yet been able to withstand.  This should be the way that he approaches this fight, given the lack of actual fight time that Klitschko has had recently.  The Brit will come out swinging, hoping to rock his opponent early, exposing his chin and ending the contest.

Klitschko’s best hope would be to drag the fight out the distance.  If he can survive the first few rounds and tire AJ out, he might stand a chance of victory by utilising his superior experience, getting behind his big jab and grinding out a points victory.

The Wolf thinks that Klitschko is over the hill and likes what he sees from the young Brit.  He can see Klitschko tiring early in the fight and will be backing AJ to knock him out to cement his position as the best heavyweight on the planet.

Best: Joshua WIN by KO, TKO or disqualification ($1.60)
Value: Joshua Wins in Rounds 4-6 ($4.50)