Anthony Joshua 2/5 To Defeat Klitschko on Saturday NightPublished on April 19th, 2017 4:00 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel
On Saturday night, Wladimir Klitschko will step back into the ring for the first time since November of 2015 when he takes on the undefeated Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The WBA Super World Heavyweight, IBF World Heavyweight and International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight titles will all be on the line in the fight.
Klitschko, who is 40 years of age, will be facing something unfamiliar on Saturday night - he'll be the underdog to win.
At one point, Wladimir Klitschko was practically unbeatable in the ring, compiling an eye-popping 64-4-0 record. In his last fight, however, Klitschko was defeated by Tyson Fury via unanimous decision, which peeled away the shell of invincibility from Klitschko. Prior to his loss against Fury, Klitschko had gone more than 10 years without a loss.
Anthony Joshua, as mentioned, has a perfect 18-0-0 record and will be fighting in front of a partisan crowd on Saturday night.
Joshua is a knockout artist, as all 18 of his wins have come via knockout. Joshua's most recent fight was a knockout win over Eric Molina.
Here are the odds for the Joshua/Klitschko fight on Saturday night:
Anthony Joshua, 2/5
Wladimir Klitschko, 2/1
The total rounds line is set at 7.5 rounds:
Over 7.5 rounds, 4/5
Under 7.5 rounds, 10/11
The interesting thing about this fight is whether or not Klitschko will be able to drag the much younger Joshua into the deeper waters of the second half of the fight. If the wily Klitschko can get Joshua past the 8th round, he may be able to exert more pressure on Joshua, who has never gone the distance in his career.
Can Joshua hold up over the course of a full fight without wilting? Will Klitschko be able to withstand the early barrage from Joshua?
This is a fascinating fight for a number of reasons, and it might be the last time we see the great Klitschko in the ring.