Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko predictions for the world heavyweight title fight on April 29. It is the heavyweight title fight everybody is talking about, but who will be victorious when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko square off in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko Predictions
Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko Betting Tips Explained
Anthony Joshua’s rise to the very top of the heavyweight ladder proved to be a swift one. The former Olympic gold medallist is just 18 fights into his professional career and he has already made two defences of the IBF world title, which he won by knocking out Charles Martin inside two rounds in April 2016. All 18 wins have come via stoppage, and for the most part they have been straightforward success for the 27-year-old.
Anthony Joshua knocks out Eric Molina in December 2016. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Joshua will undoubtedly face the toughest test of his professional career on April 29, 2017 because standing opposite him will be Wladimir Klitschko – a man that dominated the heavyweight ranks for over a decade before finally losing his titles in late 2015. ‘AJ’ believes the time is right for him to take a ‘step up’ by facing ‘Dr Steelhammer’.
“It is three years since I turned professional,” Joshua said after the fight was announced. “I have taken the time to gain experience, fight men who have fallen and some who have fought hard and through this I am learning my trade, how the business works and gaining the ring craft which is sometimes underestimated as everyone wants to see the mega fights right away.
“It is the perfect time for me to move up another step and contest my heavyweight championship belt against one of the legends of our sport. There is no doubt this will be a titanic battle with a huge amount on the line, just like every fight, but when I enter the ring I will be prepared for victory as I have been with all my other fights. The legend against the champ – it’s time to write history.”
The bookmakers have installed Joshua as the favourite with bet365
2/5 about an ‘AJ’ success and 15/8 about a win for Klitschko, and that is no real surprise considering the early predictions from a host of fighters and predictions. The likes of Deontay Wilder and David Haye have already given Joshua their backing for this one, while some have claimed Klitschko is scared to get hit and has been that way since being knocked out by Corrie Sanders in 2003.
Wladimir Klitschko did a lot of holding in loss to Tyson Fury. (Photo by PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
His fight against Tyson Fury would certainly back up that belief. Klitschko has successfully fought behind his jab for over a decade – leading to a string of dour title fights – but against Fury his performance was nothing short of dreadful. He threw only 231 punches in the entire fight, averaging just 19 per round, and he connected with only 52 of them. When he did open up in the final couple of rounds he was hurt by Fury’s response, so the former champion’s critics could be on the money.
And if Klitschko is scared to get hit, the last person he needs to be in the ring with is Joshua. The standard of opposition the champion has faced so far is hardly a stand-out list, but the former Olympic gold medallist has showcased great patience, outstanding accuracy and brutal punching power to demolish every man that has stepped in front of him.
Matt Skelton may not be an elite level fighter, but with almost 40 professional boxing matches and over 70 kickboxing bouts on his CV he is a man that knows all about the fight game, and having lasted less than six minutes against Joshua he knows just how dangerous the champion is.
“The funny thing is that it's not so much about power - Joshua is very accurate,” Matt Skelton told Sky Sports. “He hits hard, don't get me wrong, but when it's combined with accuracy that's hard to go against. You can have a big, hard punch but if it's not timed correctly then it takes the sting out.”
Skelton’s assessment is on the money and that is why I have to go with Joshua to win by stoppage. Klitschko will be 41 by the time he steps into the ring and he will not have fought in over a year due to the cancelation of two rematches with Tyson Fury. Factor in ring rust and the fact the challenger appears scared to get hit, and everything points to a victory for Joshua.
It may take the world champion some time to find his way through Klitschko’s conservative approach, but that perfect mix of patience and accuracy will ensure it happens sooner or later, and when he does connect with the chin of ‘Dr Steelhammer’ it will signal the end of this huge heavyweight title fight.
Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko Tale Of The Tape
|18 (18 KOs)||Wins||64 (53 KOs)|
|Watford, Hertfordshire, England||Birthplace||Zhangiztobe, Kazakhstan|
|27||Age||40 (41 on fight night)|
Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko Predictions