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Saturday 29th April. 10PM. Sky Box Office
The countdown is almost over, and 90,000 fans will be packed inside Wembley Stadium as Anthony Joshua meets Wladimir Klitschko in what is the biggest fight on these shores for over a decade.
With the IBF and vacant WBA titles on the line, will this be the night where AJ finally makes the transition from potential legend in the making to a bonafide world class heavyweight. Or has the 41-year-old former champion still got something left in the tank.
It should be one of the most exciting nights in recent boxing history. Let’s get ready to rumble!
The headline event isn’t expected to start until after 10PM, but the show begins long before that and serves up a number of cracking bouts to get the juices flowing. Three in particular are well worth watching.
Scott Quigg will be eager to force his way back to the elite level as he defends the WBA International featherweight title against Romanian Viorel Simon in what also doubles up as an IBF eliminator. Whether his long-term future is at this weight or back at super-bantamweight, winning this one is crucial.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Luke Campbell faces Darleys Perez as he defends the WBC Silver lightweight title. From a betting perspective, though, the best bout on the undercard is the women’s lightweight bout between Katie Taylor and Nina Meinke. The Irish fighter should win the WBA Inter-Continental title and, with the fight scheduled for 10 rounds, the expected onslaught should see her overcome the German well inside the distance.
Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko: AJ’s Night Of Destiny
Since turning professional in 2013, Anthony Joshua’s rapid progress has been nothing short of phenomenal. He moves across London from the O2 to Wembley with a record of 18 fights, 18 wins, 18 knockouts, and an INF heavyweight title to his name. However, a lack of world class opponents means that the 2012 Olympic gold medalist still has a few question marks against his name. Saturday’s showdown will go a long way to providing the answers.
The cool, calm, and collected 6ft 6in beast has seemed extremely relaxed leading into this one, insisting that it’s his time to shine. If he can unleash his incredible power and speed, we could see a passing of the baton with a win that could force Klitschko into retirement.
Klitschko is a former Olympic champion himself, and boasts the wealth of experience that can only be gained from over a decade at the elite level. At 41, though, Dr. Steelhammer simply might not have the ability to withstand AJ’s attacking arsenal – especially after spending so long out of the game since losing his titles to Tyson Fury.
It’ll be a fascinating fight and Klitschko can provide the biggest test in Joshua’s career so far. Meanwhile, many will believe that the Ukrainian would finish off the Brit should he rock him in the manner that Dillian Whyte did back in 2015. Nonetheless, everything has been working up to this night for AJ, and we’re backing him to take his chance.