Everything you need to know about Joshua vs Klitschko, where to watch and more

Alex Rea 29/04/2017
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Britain is set for the biggest boxing bout in its history as Anthony Joshua defends his IBF heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko with the vacant WBA strap also on the line.

The clash will be played out in a modern era record of 90,000 fans at the Wembley Stadium as two giants of the division collide.

We’ve got everything you need to know ahead of the fight.

When is the fight?

Well, as you probably know by now it’s tonight with broadcasters around the world showcasing the fight.

What time will it be on?

Obviously it depends on the undercard and the duration of those fights but you can expect the ring walk time to be approximately 01:00am UAE time with the fight commencing after the theatrics are done.

How can you watch in the UAE?

OSN is your home for combat sport these days and they will be showing the fight on OSN Sports Action 2.

Who else is there to look out for?

There’s a packed undercard with British Olympian Lawrence Okolie in heavyweight action with his third pro fight. Former WBA super-bantamweight champ Scott Quigg is back in action at featherweight while Irish superstar Katie Taylor fights for her first belt.

  • Joe Cordina vs TBC (four x three mins Super-Featherweight Contest)
  • Josh Kelly vs Faheem Khan (four x three mins Super-Welterweight Contest)
  • Lawrence Okolie vs Russell Henshaw (four x three mins Cruiserweight Contest)
  • Katie Taylor vs Nina Meinke (10 x two mins WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight Championship)
  • Luke Campbell vs Darleys Perez (12 x three mins WBA World Lightweight Championship Eliminator)
  • Scott Quigg vs Viorel Simon (12 x  three mins IBF World Featherweight Championship Eliminator)

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Joshua vs Klitschko predictions: Joshua's youth to win out

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko fight to establish themselves as the world’s leading heavyweight at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.

IBF champion Joshua also hopes to win the WBA title last held by Tyson Fury, while Klitschko attempts to become a world champion for the third time.

Joshua tipped the scales at a career-heaviest, while Klitschko was his lightest since 2009.

Here, Sport360’s writers give their verdicts.

JAMES PIERCY – EDITOR

Either Joshua is going to follow the script and blow Klitschko away, or the veteran is going to give him a maths lesson in boxing the percentages, retreating into his surgeon-like tactics, trying to pick the young upstart off round by round.

But 15 months out is a long time for a fighter of his age and Joshua’s speed and power will be too much, both in a defensive and offensive sense. Klitschko’s boxing brain will keep him in the fight points-wise but he’ll be worn down physically and eventually crumble.

Verdict: Joshua to win by stoppage in Round 10

ALEX REA – ONLINE DEPUTY EDITOR

It’s redemption or retirement for Wladimir Klitschko, plateau or progress for Joshua. The fight takes on huge significance for both fighters but the pressure perhaps leans more on Joshua as the home favourite fighting in front of a projected 90,000 Wembley crowd. But it’s exactly that pressure which will bring out the best in him.

The 27-year-old is younger, hungrier, too fast and too powerful. Providing he can remain patient and pick his shots, the openings will come and it will prove too much for Klitschko.

Verdict: Joshua to win by stoppage in Round 8

ANDY LEWIS – CORRESPONDENT

It’s a huge step up for Joshua but so far he has taken everything in his stride and improved with every fight.

Klitschko may not be a spent force just yet, but Joshua is just so much quicker than him at this point, it’s hard to imagine the younger man not getting to him.

History tells us that youth often prevails when generations collide in heavyweight boxing and, barring Joshua making a mistake and walking onto something, I expect the torch to be passed.

Verdict: Joshua to win by stoppage in Round 7

ALAM KHAN – CORRESPONDENT

Joshua might be reluctant to be his usual aggressive self in fear of leaving himself open to the counter punching of Klitschko, but he has to be fast and fierce at the start.

But if he finds his range early, he should have too much for the 41-year-old former champion.

He cannot allow it to become a cagy tactical battle because Klitschko has too much boxing nous and will use his jab to keep the Brit at bay and pick up points as the fight wears on.

Verdict: Joshua to win by KO or stoppage in Round 6

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