Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko – The Ultimate Preview
April 29, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

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When Anthony Joshua first stepped into the ring at the age of eighteen, it can be assumed that nobody knew exactly what they were watching. When the tall, athletic Briton pulled on the gloves for the first time, surely even he never thought that in less than ten years, he would be a household name and about to take part in one of the highest grossing and well attended fights of all time.

On Saturday, the former Olympic gold medallist will step into the ring at the sold-out Wembley arena, to defend his IBF World Heavyweight title and pursue the vacant IBO Championship and WBA Super Championship, to face what is no doubt his toughest challenge yet. Wladimir Klitschko, a man who didn’t lose a fight for eleven years until the controversial Tyson Fury finally ended this record back in 2015. Ninety thousand people will be in attendance on Saturday night. A million or so more are expected to tune in. This is being described as the biggest night boxing has had since Pacquiao and Mayweather bored the tits off us a couple of years back. But who’s coming out on top? And what other fights should we look out for on the night?

Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko

tale-of-the-tape

Yes, I may have been watching a lot of Sky Sports recently, but I can confidently say that not only is this the biggest boxing match of all time, it’s also the biggest event of all time. Yes, really! It comes in just ahead of the tearing down of the Berlin wall and the birth of Jesus Christ. But despite the inevitable extreme, manic build-up, there is no doubting how big this match up truly is.

Joshua isn’t a star in the same mould as Ali, Tyson or even Mayweather. What I mean by this, is that he is not known for his pre-match chit-chat. He prefers to let his boulder-like fists do the talking for him. And boy, do they do some talking. Joshua has taken part in eighteen fights. He has knocked out his opponent eighteen times. Most of these opponents took some serious punishment in the process.

anthony-joshua

Good Friends, Better Enemies

In the lead up to this fight, the Ukrainian powerhouse, Wladimir Klitschko, claimed that Joshua was a good “puncher” but not a great “boxer”. Many of us may have been scratching our heads at this one, but when Joshua replied saying he could “box” and he could also… Uhm.. “Punch”, well I was a bit confused myself. But in fairness, they do get punched in the head a lot, let’s cut them some slack.

Klitschko is the outsider coming into this fight, which must be a peculiar feeling for the eastern European. The general sentiment watching his last fight, which ended in defeat at the hands of Tyson Fury, was that we were watching a great in the twilight of his career. He seemed to age as the match went on, and the prevailing image of Fury’s glove being raised into the sky to confirm his win is one that may colour the judgments of punters throwing a few pounds on this one.

wladimir-klitschko

At the age of 41, there’s no doubt that his best years are behind him, but Klitscko himself pointed out the fact that he has been boxing (and punching, presumably) as long as Joshua has been alive. That type of experience is absolutely invaluable, and with only four losses in his entire career (64 wins), it would be senseless to completely rule him out. The fact that he has two belts to win back, in a foreign country, shall only further strengthen his resolve to come out on top.

Main Event Verdict

For so long, Wladimir Klitschko sat on the top of the game, surveying those around him who simply couldn’t touch him for the best part of a decade, but there’s a new kid on the block. Anthony Joshua has it all, physically, and he seems to have the composure and the mentality to solidify his position at the top of his game.

He recently said he wants to fight for a further ten years. Saturday night could be the first step he takes on his way to a lasting and celebrated legacy.

How to Watch

Joshua and Klitschko will make their way out to the ring at 9.45pm with the fight starting just after 10pm. If you want to see the full event on Sky Box Office you will be paying €24.95. Feeling lucky and fancy giving a stream a go? Hop on Twitter and search #JoshuaVsKlitschko or Dr. Steelhammer’s campaign keyword #OBSESSED. Among the hundreds of free options there is sure to be one link that buffers as fast as Tyson Fury making an order down the chipper.

Scott Quigg vs. Viorel Simion

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While Saturday night will understandably be dominated by talk of the main event, there is also an array of promising and impressive boxers fighting in the undercard. At featherweight, Scott Quigg will hope that he can snatch another impressive victory on his path to becoming a two-weight world champion..

Quigg has come a long way since his deeply disappointing defeat to Carl Frampton last year. A win for the Brit certainly cannot be taken for granted, however. But should he prevail over the Romanian, he can look forward to an exciting rest of 2017.

Luke Campbell vs. Darleys Perez

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Another extremely fascinating and potentially explosive fight that takes place Saturday night is that of former Olympic gold medallist, Luke Campbell, and his match up with Darleys Perez.

Since turning professional, Campbell has often reiterated his desire to become champion. In front of his home crowd, there is every chance that he can take another step towards that goal.

However, he faces a tough test when facing the Columbian Perez. Perez has only lost 2 matches in his entire professional career, and will fancy his chances on Saturday night, given his superior experience.

Katie Taylor vs. Nina Meinke

katie-taylor-vs-nina-meinke

Apart from the main event, this is the fight that will gain the most media coverage from this island on Saturday night. Former gold medal hero, Katie Taylor, goes in search of her fifth win on the trot since turning pro. This contest is monumental, for women’s boxing and specifically Irish boxing. Considering Scott Quigg is a former world champion, he’s a British lad and this is a British card at Wembley, we are hoping Taylor will fight just before the main event, such is her global fan base.

While last summer’s Olympics was a major disappointment, Taylor has not let that get in the way of her impressive start to her professional career. Taylor comes up against an unbeaten opponent ,Nina Meinke, in a fight that also acts as an eliminator for the WBA world lightweight title.

Back in the city where she cemented her place in our hearts back in the summer of 2012, Katie Taylor will hope to give the Irish fans in London something to smile about once again. Go on, Katie!

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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Anthony Joshua V Wladimir Klitschko – The Ultimate Preview
April 29, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

anthony-joshua-v-wladimir-klitschko-the-ultimate-preview

When Anthony Joshua first stepped into the ring at the age of eighteen, it can be assumed that nobody knew exactly what they were watching. When the tall, athletic Briton pulled on the gloves for the first time, surely even he never thought that in less than ten years, he would be a household name and about to take part in one of the highest grossing and well attended fights of all time.

On Saturday, the former Olympic gold medallist will step into the ring at the sold-out Wembley arena, to defend his IBF World Heavyweight title and pursue the vacant IBO Championship and WBA Super Championship, to face what is no doubt his toughest challenge yet. Wladimir Klitschko, a man who didn’t lose a fight for eleven years until the controversial Tyson Fury finally ended this record back in 2015. Ninety thousand people will be in attendance on Saturday night. A million or so more are expected to tune in. This is being described as the biggest night boxing has had since Pacquiao and Mayweather bored the tits off us a couple of years back. But who’s coming out on top? And what other fights should we look out for on the night?

Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko

tale-of-the-tape

Yes, I may have been watching a lot of Sky Sports recently, but I can confidently say that not only is this the biggest boxing match of all time, it’s also the biggest event of all time. Yes, really! It comes in just ahead of the tearing down of the Berlin wall and the birth of Jesus Christ. But despite the inevitable extreme, manic build-up, there is no doubting how big this match up truly is.

Joshua isn’t a star in the same mould as Ali, Tyson or even Mayweather. What I mean by this, is that he is not known for his pre-match chit-chat. He prefers to let his boulder-like fists do the talking for him. And boy, do they do some talking. Joshua has taken part in eighteen fights. He has knocked out his opponent eighteen times. Most of these opponents took some serious punishment in the process.

anthony-joshua

Good Friends, Better Enemies

In the lead up to this fight, the Ukrainian powerhouse, Wladimir Klitschko, claimed that Joshua was a good “puncher” but not a great “boxer”. Many of us may have been scratching our heads at this one, but when Joshua replied saying he could “box” and he could also… Uhm.. “Punch”, well I was a bit confused myself. But in fairness, they do get punched in the head a lot, let’s cut them some slack.

Klitschko is the outsider coming into this fight, which must be a peculiar feeling for the eastern European. The general sentiment watching his last fight, which ended in defeat at the hands of Tyson Fury, was that we were watching a great in the twilight of his career. He seemed to age as the match went on, and the prevailing image of Fury’s glove being raised into the sky to confirm his win is one that may colour the judgments of punters throwing a few pounds on this one.

wladimir-klitschko

At the age of 41, there’s no doubt that his best years are behind him, but Klitscko himself pointed out the fact that he has been boxing (and punching, presumably) as long as Joshua has been alive. That type of experience is absolutely invaluable, and with only four losses in his entire career (64 wins), it would be senseless to completely rule him out. The fact that he has two belts to win back, in a foreign country, shall only further strengthen his resolve to come out on top.

Main Event Verdict

For so long, Wladimir Klitschko sat on the top of the game, surveying those around him who simply couldn’t touch him for the best part of a decade, but there’s a new kid on the block. Anthony Joshua has it all, physically, and he seems to have the composure and the mentality to solidify his position at the top of his game.

He recently said he wants to fight for a further ten years. Saturday night could be the first step he takes on his way to a lasting and celebrated legacy.

How to Watch

Joshua and Klitschko will make their way out to the ring at 9.45pm with the fight starting just after 10pm. If you want to see the full event on Sky Box Office you will be paying €24.95. Feeling lucky and fancy giving a stream a go? Hop on Twitter and search #JoshuaVsKlitschko or Dr. Steelhammer’s campaign keyword #OBSESSED. Among the hundreds of free options there is sure to be one link that buffers as fast as Tyson Fury making an order down the chipper.

Scott Quigg vs. Viorel Simion

scott-quigg-vs-viorel-simion

While Saturday night will understandably be dominated by talk of the main event, there is also an array of promising and impressive boxers fighting in the undercard. At featherweight, Scott Quigg will hope that he can snatch another impressive victory on his path to becoming a two-weight world champion..

Quigg has come a long way since his deeply disappointing defeat to Carl Frampton last year. A win for the Brit certainly cannot be taken for granted, however. But should he prevail over the Romanian, he can look forward to an exciting rest of 2017.

Luke Campbell vs. Darleys Perez

luke-campbell-vs-darleys-perez

Another extremely fascinating and potentially explosive fight that takes place Saturday night is that of former Olympic gold medallist, Luke Campbell, and his match up with Darleys Perez.

Since turning professional, Campbell has often reiterated his desire to become champion. In front of his home crowd, there is every chance that he can take another step towards that goal.

However, he faces a tough test when facing the Columbian Perez. Perez has only lost 2 matches in his entire professional career, and will fancy his chances on Saturday night, given his superior experience.

Katie Taylor vs. Nina Meinke

katie-taylor-vs-nina-meinke

Apart from the main event, this is the fight that will gain the most media coverage from this island on Saturday night. Former gold medal hero, Katie Taylor, goes in search of her fifth win on the trot since turning pro. This contest is monumental, for women’s boxing and specifically Irish boxing. Considering Scott Quigg is a former world champion, he’s a British lad and this is a British card at Wembley, we are hoping Taylor will fight just before the main event, such is her global fan base.

While last summer’s Olympics was a major disappointment, Taylor has not let that get in the way of her impressive start to her professional career. Taylor comes up against an unbeaten opponent ,Nina Meinke, in a fight that also acts as an eliminator for the WBA world lightweight title.

Back in the city where she cemented her place in our hearts back in the summer of 2012, Katie Taylor will hope to give the Irish fans in London something to smile about once again. Go on, Katie!

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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