Joshua v Klitschko Boxing Fight Preview – Can Dr Steelhammer Bounce Back?

Updated: 16th June 2024

Joshua v Klitschko Preview and Bookmaker Offers.


Anthony Joshua (Great Britain)

Reigning IBF World Heavyweight Champion 2016-2017
Age: 27
Style: orthodox
Height: 6ft 6 inches (198 cm)
Reach: 82 in (208 cm)
18 fights, 0 losses, 18 knockouts

British and Commonwealth champion 2015-16
Silver medal, 2011 World Championships

Wladimir Klitschko (Ukraine)

Former Unified World Heavyweight Champion
Age: 41
Style: orthodox
Height: 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Reach: 81 in (206 cm)
64 fights, 4 losses, 53 knockouts

WBA World Heavyweight Champion 2011, Superchampion 2015
The Ring World Heavyweight Champion and lineal titles 2009
IBF and IBO World Heavyweight Champion 2006
WBO World Heavyweight Champion 2000, 2008
Gold medal, superheavyweight class, 1996 Olympic Games
Silver medal, superheavyweight class, 1996 European Championships
Gold medal, heavyweight class, 1995 Military World Championships
Silver medal, heavyweight class, 1994 Junior European Championships
Gold medal, heavyweight class, 1993 Junior European Championships


On Saturday night, in front of 90,000 fight fans at Wembley Arean, Wladimir Klitschko will be stepping into the boxing ring for the first time since losing his unification titles to Tyson Fury 17 months ago. The ageing legend, nicknamed Dr Steelhammer, will be going toe-to-toe against the current IBF World Heavyweight Champion, the youthful and impressive Anthony Joshua, in a highly anticipated bid to regain his IBF title and the vacant IBO and WBA belts.

It's a classic scenario: honed experience versus youthful vigour, and it's anybody's guess who the victor will be.

Klitschko is looking in terrific shape after his training camp, and he been voluble during publicity sessions in his enthusiasm for the impending battle. His manager, Bernd Boente, is equally upbeat, claiming that Klitschko will be in peak form despite the defeat at the fists of Fury – dismissed by Boente as ‘an off-night'.

Joshua, for his part, is just as up for it as his venerable rival. Indicating the necessity for 13 weeks' intense preparation, the young Briton said it was ‘tougher times than I have had in any walk of life' and acknowledges that he will be fighting on a ‘whole new level' against his latest opponent.

Joshua v Klitschko Boxing Match Verdict

Each man's prospects have pros and cons. Klitschko is widely tipped to bounce back after his defeat, having regained the focus that may have gone AWOL against Fury, and he gives signs of taking Joshua as seriously as the latter merits.

Of course his experience and his tally of titles far outweighs Joshua's, and his defensive style and sheer size are in his favour. But there is the matter of his vulnerable chin, which will need protection. Most significantly, can he summon the will to rally if he falls behind during the bout?

Joshua's potential weakness lies in his relative inexperience. He only began boxing 10 years ago, having fought a mere 44 rounds in 18 professional bouts and never going beyond the 7th.

He has had 3 World Championship fights. Klitschko's 68 fights, 8 of them going the distance, 358 rounds and record 28 World Championship fights dwarfs Joshua's stats. On this basis the big Ukranian could easily out-box his near-novice adversary.

So what are the Bookies' Joshua v Klitschko Odds?


Many in the boxing world are calling 50/50, but the UK betting sites differ. Joshua is on 4/9 to win, with 8/11 for a KO and 11/2 for a points win. Klitschko is on 2/1 to win, with 7/2 for a KO and 6/1 to take the bout on points. One thing is sure: it'll be a classic boxing match.

Boxing Betting Offers for the Joshua v Klitschko fight on Saturday 29th at 10pm.

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Don't forget to read our boxing preview on the main event, Anthony Joshua v Vladimir Klitschko.

It's all happening on Saturday the 29th April at 10pm. However you can bet on these odds offers now.

Joshua v Klitschko Boxing Betting Odds Offers

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