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How bashed the bookies for Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko 1

Bettingpro Staff 26 Jul 2017
Anthony Joshua knocks down Wladimir Klitschko in their first fight (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko are set to square off for the second time this year in November, and ahead of this eagerly anticipated rematch is taking a look back at the night AJ stopped a legend and we KO’d the bookies.

Leigh Copson's Winning Tips For Joshua v Klitschko 1

Joshua’s rise up the heavyweight ranks had been a meteoric one – he had won a world title in his 16th professional outing and had successfully defended it twice by the time he agreed to step in the ring with a man who had dominated the heavyweight scene for years.

But could AJ – in only his 19th professional fight – really beat Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley? Our man, Leigh Copson, said yes!

“[Klitschko’s] fight against Tyson Fury would certainly back up that belief [that he is afraid to get hit],” Copson wrote. “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. 

“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.”

Klitschko did not produce a “conservative” performance as Leigh predicted, instead standing toe-to-toe with the younger man and dropping him in the sixth, but ultimately his recommendations proved to be right as Joshua stopped the legendary heavyweight in the 11th round. That meant his pre-fight tips of AJ to win via KO/TKO (8/11) and AJ to win in rounds 7-12 (12/5) were both correct.

So what is Leigh recommending for the rematch? Keep your eye on because he will soon be offering his insight and tips for this huge showdown in Las Vegas.

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