Preview Word: Joshua versus Klitschko Today is a Happening Good For Boxing
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
London, UK (April 29th, 2017)– Tomorrow is already here, Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Wembley in London.
The past of the heavyweight division will face the present and the future tonight
When Wladimir Klitschko, 64-4 with 53 knockouts, AKA Dr. Steelhammer, Kiev, Ukraine,
Will challenge Anthony Joshua, 18-0 with 18 knockouts, Watford Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, for the WBA Super, IBF and vacant IBO World heavyweight titles.
At age 41, Klitschko, who lost to the troubled Tyson Fury and never got a rematch, must now face the champion considered to be the best heavyweight fighter in the world, Anthony Joshua who is 27 years of age and 14 years younger. Both men stand 6’6” tall. Joshua will outweigh Klitschko 250 pounds to 240 pounds for tonight’s televised main event titular bout, and will have a one-inch reach advantage at 82 inches to 81 inches. For Dr. Klitschko, an incredibly disciplined athlete, the challenge will be whether his superior experience and ring generalship will be enough to outsmart and outwork the lesser experienced Joshua.
Joshua has beaten the undefeated but overhyped Charles Martin, as well as Dillian Whyte, Eric Molina, and Dominic Breazeale. However, Joshua has never faced a former champion with the resume of a Klitschko. Both Joshua and Klitschko should respect each other. The victory will go to the fighter who sets the pace and tempo and controls the action from the start. Joshua will finding having his way difficult against Wladimir, who is going to try to score jabs early and break Joshua down. Joshua hits harder than Klitschko, who is not used to being in survival mode. Expect the rounds to go back and forth between the two combatants.
The key to victory here will be the second wind. You are looking at a majority decision 12 or a draw over 12 round. A knockdown or a penalty point here and then could swing the bout, in a contest which looks very drawish over 12 rounds. As such, the prediction here is a 12 round majority draw or a 12 round majority win for either fighter. The judging will be close, but the scorecards are likely to emerge dissimilar and controversial. The judges may see the outcome based on which fighter they like slightly more than the other, which is why when you are dealing with two marketable marquee fighters personality can affect scoring. With Tyson Fury out of the picture for now, Kubrat Pulev will likely face the winner.
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