Check out who the pro boxers and trainers are picking to win Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday, April 29th.
The boxing world will be turning its attention to Wembley Stadium in London, England on Saturday, April 29th, as undefeated IBF champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) looks to establish himself as the world’s best Heavyweight boxer against the legendary Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs), who is looking to become champion again after losing his titles to Tyson Fury.
Betting odds are favoring the 27-year-old Englishman to hand the 41-year-old his second consecutive defeat, with expectations that he’ll be able to win by knockout. You can check out how the Bloody Elbow staff picked tonight’s fight by clicking here.
In the meantime, how are current and former boxers/trainers seeing this fight? Here’s a selection of opinions solicited and divided into those picking Joshua and those going for Klitschko.
Anthony Joshua will win…
Darren Barker, Former middleweight champion
I’m 51 percent for Joshua, but after seeing Klitschko at the public workout the other night — when he looked so focused — it’s really close. It’s going to be a blinder.
Juan Manuel Marquez, former multi-division champion
Joshua is faster, has better boxing skills and great technique. He will move well through the ring, and Klitschko won’t be able to find him to land his punches.
Paulie Malignaggi, former two-division champion and Showtime analyst
“I think Joshua is going to try to take it to Klitschko and be the boss. Joshua will try to counter the jab with his own right hand. In the end, I think youth will be too much, but Klitschko does have that dynamite right hand.”
Richie Woodhall, 1988 Olympic medalist for Great Britain and BBC analyst
“I think the victory for Joshua will come by boxing at a distance and making Klitschko come forward.
“I see Joshua winning the fight in the mid to late rounds, around the seventh or eighth. I think Joshua will stop him eventually and catch him with a solid shot.
Tony Bellew, former cruiserweight champion who just beat David Haye at heavyweight
“I just feel he [Joshua] will get rid of him in them first four rounds. He will not go in there and tread water, he will go in there and put it on Wlad, and that’s why it leads me to believe to believe that he will be victorious.”
David Haye, former WBA heavyweight champion
“By the time the fight happens, he will be 41 years of age, and he will have been pretty much 18 months out of the ring.
“It’s terrible preparation to fight someone so young and someone who has been fighting so regularly.
“You can only go by current form and in the last fight he had against Tyson Fury, he refused to let his hands go. He couldn’t pull the trigger.”
Carl Froch, three-time super-middleweight champion and Sky Sports analyst
“This could go one of many ways, but if I had to guess right I would say Joshua’s going to bang him out, he’ll just have too much for him.
Wladimir Klitschko will win…
Vitali Klitschko, former heavyweight champion and brother of Wladimir
“I never saw my brother so concentrated before this fight. Right now I know Wladimir is ready,” he said. “Joshua has great fight record. Every opponent he knocked out. But Joshua never have (an) opponent so high in quality as Wladimir. That’s why this will be very interesting fight and not easy for Joshua. And that’s why my predictions is Wladimir knocks him out.”
Deontay Wilder, current WBC heavyweight champion who will analyze the bout on Sky Sports
“My heart is with Joshua, my mind is with Klitschko. I think experience will play its part. With experience you’ve seen things before and are more able to capitalise when you face them again.”
Hughie Fury, heavyweight contender and brother of former champion Tyson Fury
“I do think it’s a tiny bit soon for Joshua, but I do wish him all the best and I hope he wins. I would go with Klitschko with the experience. I just think it’s a tiny bit too soon for Joshua. Definitely a knockout.”
Joseph Parker, current WBO heavyweight champion (Note: He originally picked Joshua)
“The reason I said that is because he’s a champion – he’s the IBF champion – he’s proven that he trains hard and he’s hungry for it,” Parker said. “He’s the hungry lion challenging the old dog who is very experienced and who has dominated the heavyweight division for a long time.
“But getting closer to the fight I’m leaning towards Klitschko now. I want Joshua to win. It will be exciting for boxing and if I get past Razvan I will get the opportunity to fight those guys in the future, but I have a feeling that if Joshua doesn’t knock him out early then Klitschko’s experience will help him through.
More: Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko live streaming results and round by round coverage starting at approximately 5 PM ET/2 PM PT