Joshua or Klitschko?
On Saturday, April 29, Anthony Joshua will face Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley for the IBF heavyweight world title, which Joshua currently holds, and the vacant WBA (super) and IBO heavyweight titles.
The fight is being touted as "the biggest heavyweight boxing bout in recent memory" and is expected to attract capacity crowds of 90,000 fans.
The bout will be just the second boxing event to be staged at the national football stadium. The first, in 2014, saw Carl Froch beat George Groves.
Based in Watford, Commonwealth, British and WBC international heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua is 27, weighs 108 kilograms and is 199 centimetres tall. His reach is 82 inches.
Joshua made his professional debut on the October 5, 2013 in front of a capacity crowd at the O2 Arena in London, where he beat the Italian Emanuele Leo by technical knockout in the first round. He has since won 17 fights through 17 KOs.
41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko, meanwhile, is originally from Kiev, is 198 centimetres tall, and has a reach of 81 inches. His pro record features 68 fights with 64 wins and 54 KOs.
Joshua weighed up his opponent: “I think Klitschko’s calculated. He’s called me ‘Little Bro’ from the day we were on Ringside, on Sky Sports, when we were probably never going to fight anyway. Now he says it and we’re fighting, I let it go over my head.
“Klitschko’s the first champion that I’ve fought. It is no problem. And this is where the respect comes into it. It’s fine. You could let ‘Little Bro’ get to you, but I don’t let it.”
Klitschko, meanwhile, was quoted as saying: “Anthony: he is more than just 18 fights. He has more than just two title defences. I truly believe in his talent, he’s an amazing athlete and a good representative for the sport.
“If he’s going to win then I’ll congratulate him, and when I win I’ll help him to come back. I’ve done it a couple of times already.”