On April 29 at Wembley Stadium in London, Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KO’s) will face former, long-reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO’s) for the IBF, IBO and WBA Super Heavyweight championships in the most eagerly anticipated heavyweight clash of the past decade. Are bookmakers underestimating Klitschko’s superior experience? Read on for some insight into the Joshua vs. Klitschko betting odds.
Once bettors know how to bet on boxing, they can analyse whether the contrasting styles make Klitschko a credible outsider in Pinnacle’s Joshua vs. Klitschko betting odds or whether Joshua continuing an impressive start to his professional career is the most likely outcome on April 29 - Joshua is currently priced at 1.460* with Klitschko 2.900*.
Strengths vs. Weaknesses
The intrigue surrounding this contest is highlighted by the fact that the fight has sold 90,000 tickets and is set to be the highest grossing fight ever staged in Britain. The question bettors should be asking is whether 41-year-old Klitschko, coming off two lacklustre performances, still has enough ring-craft and astuteness to deal with a young precocious talent who has almost effortlessly blasted his way through every challenge so far.
It is worth noting that Klitschko was unbeaten for over 10 years before his loss to Tyson Fury.
The Ukrainian is a tremendously gifted athlete, but at this stage of the two fighters’ careers Joshua unquestionably holds the advantage in terms of athleticism. At 27, the Londoner's physical abilities (strength, fitness and agility) are undeniably superior to that of the former champion.
What Joshua possesses is great accumulative power, tremendous speed of foot and the confidence that he is currently indestructible. Klitschko, at 41-years-old, comes into the fight as more of a tactician, a fighter who knows how to nullify his opponent’s key strengths and who keeps his distance extremely well inside a boxing ring.
Under the tutelage of the late Manny Steward, Klitschko learnt how to throw an almost perfect jab and a ramrod one-two that is often followed by a thudding left hook to the temple. The 6ft. 6” Ukrainian will need to make these attributes work to his advantage and make the fight more about technique than athleticism if he is to be triumphant - it is worth noting that Klitschko was unbeaten for over 10 years before his loss to Tyson Fury.
Youth vs. Experience
Boxing is a young man’s game and at the highest level, it is all about timing. Joshua will have youth on his side, benefitting from the extra energy and vitality that comes with it. However, it is Klitschko’s unrivalled experience and honed technique that still gives the Ukrainian a chance to win the fight at this stage of his career.
Anthony Joshua has had just 18 fights and has never been past 7 rounds in a professional ring.
“AJ” has limited experience at the top level and is rolling the dice with his flawless record on the line. We know he can overwhelm inferior opposition and knock fighters out - but how well can he box over a 12-round fight when pitched in at this kind of level? His fitness was examined when squaring off against arch-nemesis Dillian Whyte in December 2015 when he looked extremely vulnerable for the first time as a professional.
Klitschko is a much better all-round fighter compared to Dillian Whyte. The former world champion has also boxed 314 more rounds than Joshua - the Ukranian has been involved in 68 fights since making his debut in 1996. Joshua, on the other hand, has had just 18 fights and has never been past 7 rounds in a professional ring - Under 8.5 rounds is available at 1.925*.
How will the fight be won?
In spite of holding a staggering 78 percent knockout ratio and only losing one fight in the past 10 years - bookmakers are evidently placing plenty of importance on Klitschko's last two performances and the ‘age factor’. Joshua is facing by far his most dangerous adversary when he defends his title for the third time on April 29 - this is highlighted by the fact that he is the biggest price he’s ever been before a fight (1.460*).
At 27, Joshua has youth and speed on his side – but he must utilise these assets to come out on top.
If the Londoner is to be victorious, he will certainly need to stay composed and calm in the fight. At 27, Joshua has youth and speed on his side – but he must utilise these assets to come out on top. In theory, it’s a good time to fight Klitschko - providing Joshua can keep calm and display his strengths in front of 90,000 fans, he holds the advantage.
Klitschko (2.900*) will be giving away 14 years in age against a fighter who is hungry for success and on the rise in his career. Youth should be favoured over experience in the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko odds, but it is imperative that Joshua takes full advantage of this to prevail – if the home fighter comes with the wrong game plan, it will undoubtedly favour the experienced Ukrainian.
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