British boxing heavyweight, and current world champion, Anthony Joshua will confront Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium, on April 29th next year with 90000 fans cheering him on. Joshua won Olympic gold in the super heavyweight division, at the London 2012 games, as did Klitschko 16 years previously, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Joshua is the current title holder but many pundits claim he has yet to be tested against proper heavyweights as the division has seen a lull in stars. Klitschko has been out of the ring, in serious contender bouts for 2 years and their age gap obviously making a huge difference. That said though the young British boxer has 18 wins, with 18 knockouts and an average knock out time of less than 3 minutes, or 1 round. Klitschko on the other hand is twice former world champion, with 64 wins from 68 fights.
Other than the age and experience gap here, what is interesting about the fight is the 2 boxers are a similar size and with a similar reach. Both fighters are around 6’5’’ and reach 81-82 inches. These are 2 huge guys!
Both fighters so far have been fairly respectful of each other with only Klitschko referring to Joshua as his little bro. Something Joshua shrugged off as being ‘irrelevant’. Klitschko had reigned world champion for 9 years until his defeat in November 2015 by Britain’s Tyson Fury. A re-match with Fury has been shelved twice through injury and Fury’s mental health issues.
Whatever happens on April 29th, it will be thrilling to see either of these 2 fighters get in the ring with Fury. Britain’s heavyweights are holding their own at the moment.