Anthony Joshua Vs Wladimir Klitschko – Preview and Prediction

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90,000 fans will gather upon Wembley stadium to witness one of the biggest fights in British boxing history, the build up and hype certainly hasn’t reached the heights of the likes of Eubank V Benn, Bruno V Tyson or even Froch V Groves 2 but it does equal the largest boxing attendance on British soil for nearly 80 years.

For anyone interested the last time a boxing match drew a 90,000 crowd in Britain was when Len Harvey fought Jack McAvoy for the British and Commonwealth light heavyweight titles at London’s White City Stadium in 1939.

Still history is about to made in the heavyweight division this weekend as the youth and athleticism of Anthony Joshua takes on the experience and ring craft of Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, WBA and IBO heavyweight championships of the world.

We must not forget however this fight is made possible due to another historic night in British boxing when 18 months ago Tyson Fury traveled to Dusseldorf, Germany and put an end to Wladimir Klitschko’s decade long dominance of the heavyweight division, a performance in which he does not get the credit he deserves.

Due to personal reasons Tyson Fury has not fought since. which has subsequently opened the heavyweight division up and we now have 3 different title holders and a vacant belt up for grabs.

There are questions to be answered this Saturday night – Is Anthony Joshua over hyped? and even if he is, is Wladimir Klitschko too over the hill to expose it. Either way we find out what the 41 year old Wladimir Klitscho has left to offer the heavyweight division and what we can expect from Anthony Joshua going forward.

Wladimir Klitschko is a 9/4 underdog going into this fight, given he hasn’t fought since his loss to Fury 18 months ago, he is now 41 years old and didn’t look good against Fury or even Bryant Jennings in his penultimate fight, you can understand why.

However this is a man who until recently dominated the heavyweight division for a decade, a man who has knocked out 53 men in a 68 fight career and is going in against a guy who has looked sensational to date, but remains untested at world level.

For me, 9/4 is a very generous price on a guy who has done it at such a high level consistently for such a long time and only loss in the last decade is against possibly one of the most unorthodox and underrated fighters in boxing, Tyson Fury.

Anthony Joshua’s explosiveness and knockout finishes has seem him rise to the current star attraction of British boxing, the Olympic Gold Medalist is yet to go past 7 rounds and arguably his best opponent to date is Dillian Whyte, so Joshua is yet to prove himself, but an emphatic victory this weekend will send out a statement to the heavyweight division that this man might just be the real deal.

It is a fight that is hard to predict as you simply can’t rule out anything happening, a majority are expecting a changing of the guard but I simply can not write off the resume and experience of Wladimir Klitschko.

While I can certainly see a Joshua win happening this weekend 9/4 odds on a Klitschko win seems simply too good to turn down and that is where I will be placing my money this weekend, as that is where I feel the value lies.

I have a feeling this fight may go longer than expected and I actually would not be at all shocked to see it going the distance, particularly if Klitschko utilises the jab effectively and is allowed to hold on the inside, as we have seen him do in the past.

While this is certainly not a confident prediction I am going to back Klitschko to tame the beast and win via a unanimous decision.

PREDICTION: KLITSCHKO UD 

BETTING TIP: 2 pts on Klitschko to win 9/4 Bet365 

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