Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko has been signed for April 29 and will take place at Wembley Stadium in London. The bout will be live on Sky Sports Box Office and was announced after Joshua’s one-sided demolition of the underwhelming Eric Molina this evening – with Klitschko joining him in the ring afterward to announce the super-fight.
Joshua’s IBF title – as well as the WBA-Super belt – will both be on the line in front of an expected 80,000 fans for what will surely be the biggest fight in British Boxing history.
The contest will also be the biggest of Joshua’s career and undoubtedly his toughest test to date.
“This fight will be one of the biggest nights in my boxing career,” said Joshua. “It marks the highest point of my climb through the professional ranks. It is three years since I turned professional, I have taken the time to gain experience, fight men who have fallen and some who have fought hard and through this I am learning my trade, how the business works and gaining the ring craft which is sometimes underestimated as everyone wants to see the mega fights right away.
“It is the perfect time for me to move up another step and contest my heavyweight championship belt against one of the legends of our sport. There is no doubt this will be a titanic battle with a huge amount on the line, just like every fight, but when I enter the ring I will be prepared for victory as I have been with all my other fights. The legend against the champ – it’s time to write history.”
For, the former unified heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, the fight is a final attempt to reclaim his titles and become a three-time heavyweight champion.
“I’m looking forward to this fight of the year, just like boxing fans all around the world,” said Klitschko. “This is the first time in a decade that I’m the challenger again. I will fight against a champion who I consider the best of the young generation. Basically experience will take on youth. This makes this fight that unique. I will be ready for the challenge!”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, overjoyed at the prospect of such a contest called the bout a “50-50 fight”.
“I’m so happy to get this fight made,” said Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn. “It is the biggest Heavyweight fight in the last decade and a fight that will belong in the legacies of both fighters. It’s the young lion against a legend of the sport.
“Many felt AJ would not take this challenge and that it’s too early for him but he wants to test himself and give the fans great fights. After all, isn’t that what you want to see? The risk, the dice being rolled, the 50-50 fights that will excite and ignite the World of Boxing.
“Everything is on the line in this fight, not just the IBF and WBA’s titles, but hopes, dreams and even careers.”
Meanwhile, Bernd Boente, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group sees this as a classic case of the rising star vs. the seasoned veteran.
“I’m very happy that our teams make this mega event happen and that three belts are on the line. Two Olympic Super-Heavyweight Champions facing each other. This is the best heavyweight fight that could be. This is a promoter’s dream fight. The young, undefeated champion against the best heavyweight of the past decade. This kind of duel only happened a couple of times in boxing history and it was always the same question: Is the young lion ready to take over or can the old lion defend his territory?”
More information on ticket availability for the highly anticipated contest is expected later this week.