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Klitschko vs Joshua Live (18-0, 18 KOs) and Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) are just one day away from fighting in one of the biggest heavyweight title matches in recent boxing history. More than 90,000 fans are expected to fill up Wembley Stadium in London, England, with millions more watching on televisions around the world in 140 countries.
Joshua has only been a UK pay-per-view headliner for four fights, but the reigning IBF champion is quickly becoming one of the higher paid boxers in the sport. This lucrative matchup with Klitschko will see both men split the £20 million purse 50/50, so the current exchange rate puts that total at just under $13 million US. Factoring in the projected 1.5 million buys on Sky Box Office and they’re almost certain to make north of $20 million.
The rise of Joshua’s financial worth has been fascinating. This article from The Telegraph shows that he has thirteen major sponsors, including Under Armour, Beats by Dre, and Jaguar. According to his promoter, Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s career earnings was somewhere around £13-15 million prior to his win over Eric Molina. In his PPV main event debut vs. Dillian Whyte (who hurt Joshua and gave him his most competitive fight), Joshua earned a reported £3 million (about $3.9 million). Against Dominic Breazeale, which was his first IBF title defense, he pocketed £1.5 million ($1.9 million). It’s believed that he earned £2 million ($2.6 million) in his most recent bout against Eric Molina. None of this includes any additional sponsorship money and other avenues of income for the 27-year-old.As an aside on Klitschko, £15 million is reportedly what he netted in purse money for his win over David Haye in 2011, as well as his loss to Tyson Fury in 2015. He made a little bit more than that for his 2013 triumph over Alexander Povetkin, and also has a multi-million dollar deal with RTL in Germany, his longtime television partner.
This isn’t Mayweather vs. Pacquiao money in the slightest, but unless Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor does indeed happen, this will probably be the richest fight in combat sports for the whole of 2017.You can catch Joshua vs. Klitschko live on Showtime Sports at 4:15 PM ET/1:15 PM PT on Saturday, April 29th. The fight is expected to begin at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT, with HBO airing a same-day replay at 11 PM ET/PT.With fans chanting and singing, heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua and former longtime world champion Wladimir Klitschko came face-to-face for the final time at Friday’s weigh-in a little over 24 hours before they will swing their fists at each other for the greatest prize in sports.Both fighters appeared to be in superb condition for the fight on Saturday (live on Showtime at 4:15 p.m. ET with a replay on HBO at 11 p.m. ET/PT), which will take place in front of a sold-out British boxing record crowd of 90,000. Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream
Joshua, making his third title defense of one of the belts Klitschko used to hold, weighed in at a shredded but career-heavy 250 pounds. Klitschko, also in immaculate condition, was 240¼ pounds, his lightest weight since knocking out former titlist Ruslan Chagaev in the ninth round in 2009.
The fight is perhaps the biggest in British boxing history and has captivated the country, where the 27-year-old Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs), the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist for Great Britain, is a huge star. He is also the favorite to defeat a man for whom he once served as a sparring partner.Throughout the buildup to the fight, Joshua has been the picture of calm and poise, and nothing changed at the weigh-in.”I’m only going to be myself — the fight is already as big as it can be,” Joshua said after getting off the scale. “There’s belts on the line, there’s legacy on the line, there’s 12 rounds of intense, ferocious boxing on the line. It comes with everything you want to see — boxing skills, power, timing. It’s just how long you can last and withstand each other’s abilities.”I don’t hate Klitschko, I don’t dislike Klitschko, but I want to beat Klitschko. Someone is going to win, and someone is going to continue with their career. And I’m very confident that’s me.”
Klitschko (64-4, 54 KOs), 41, of Ukraine, is fighting for the first time in 17 months — the longest layoff of his career — since losing a unanimous decision and his three title belts in a major upset to England’s Tyson Fury. Joshua eventually won one of them, and he and Klitschko will also fight for a vacant belt. Klitschko vs Joshua Live
Klitschko, who will extend his heavyweight record by participating in his 29th world title fight, is aiming to become a three-time heavyweight champion, a club that includes Evander Holyfield (four), his older brother Vitali Klitschko, Lennox Lewis and Muhammad Ali.
Before losing to Fury, Klitschko had been undefeated for more than 11 years, held the world title for 9½ years (second-longest in division history) and made 18 defenses during his second title reign (third most in division history).
Klitschko, the 1996 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, has a massive experience advantage over Joshua but showed signs of his age against Fury.
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“This is a big step for AJ,” Klitschko said. “He hasn’t fought this type of quality fighter yet. It’s going to be challenging for him, and it’s going to be challenging for me. This fight is 50-50; both fighters have a chance to win the fight, but I have this feeling that this is my night.”New Jersey’s David Fields will serve as the referee. The judging panel consists of Don Trella, of Connecticut; Steve Weisfeld, of New Jersey; and Nelson Vazquez, of Puerto Rico.Anthony Johsua and Wladimir Klitschko have nothing left to do but decide the heavyweight championship in the ring on Saturday night. Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) faces the legendary Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) on April 29 in Wembley Stadium in England while defending his IBF heavyweight title and fighting for the vacant WBA heavyweight crown.
Both fighters have put in their final preparations and hit the scale on Friday with Joshua coming in at 250.1 pounds and Klitschko at 240.6. Now, they wait. Here’s how the full fight card shakes out, although Joshua-Klitschko will be the only fight aired in the United States.
Does Wladimir Klitschko have one more fight in him to capture another world title belt? Or is Anthony Joshua the new face in a heavyweight division where a unified champion has not existed in years?
One thing is certain: The crossroads bout has generated buzz among boxing fans on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream
Klitschko and Joshua will square off Saturday in an anticipated 12-round bout before a record crowd of more than 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in London.
Showtime will air the fight live at 1:15 p.m. HBO will air the replay of the fight at 8 p.m.
The 27-year-old Joshua (18-0, 18 knockouts) will likely have a partisan crowd in his favor. Joshua resides in nearby Watford and won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Joshua quickly rose through the ranks of the heavyweight division, challenging for a world title in only his 16th pro fight. In that fight on April 9, 2016, Joshua dropped Charles Martin twice en route to a second-round knockout victory, winning the IBF title.Joshua has defended his version of the heavyweight title twice, brutally knocking out former USC football player Domininc Breazeale and Eric Molina.Aside from a charismatic demeanor, Joshua’s penchant for knocking out opponents, along with his athleticism and an improving skill set, has made him well-known among boxing fans outside of England. Boxing insiders and critics debate whether Joshua could become the face of the heavyweight division and the sport.An impressive victory over Klitschko would go a long way, even though Joshua may not have the same ring experience as Klitschko. He just wants to fight the best in the division.“Any fight is the right fight,” said Joshua, earlier this week. “I’ve never shied away from any fight.”Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) has not fought since losing by unanimous decision to Tyson Fury in November 2015. It was the first time Klitschko lost in more than 11 years, a span of 22 fights.
Klitschko, who has fought 358 rounds in his pro career compared to Joshua’s 44, believes the time off was a blessing.“I’m the challenger again,” said Klitschko, whose older brother Vitali was a world titleholder as well. “I feel young, hungry, humble, and totally obsessed with my goal to raise my hands again (in victory).”
Klitschko vs Joshua Live Stream is a 50-50 fight. Despite the subpar performance in his defeat against Fury, could Klitschko’s experience win out over Joshua’s youth and athleticism?Joshua believes he is the sure bet.“It’s not complicated. Let’s not overthink it,” he said. “Let’s strip it right back to what it is — a young, ferocious, hungry, and very determined lion. We do talk about experience, but even when I was fighting guys with lesser experience, I was preparing for this.”“I’ve prepared since day one for this.”