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Brit Joshua is the bookies’ favourite at 2/5, but do not discount the experienced Ukrainian to come through at 2/1

ANTHONY JOSHUA is the bookies’ favourite at to beat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley – but discount the experienced Ukrainian at your peril.

The two heavyweight fighters go for the IBF and WBA crowns in front of as record 90,000 excited punters at the national stadium tonight.

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko face off ahead of massive showdown

It is billed as the biggest fight in British boxing history – but who will come through and emerge victorious? Here is what the odds suggest…


Brit fighter AJ is 2/5 favourite to win tonight, with SunBets installing him as the clear favourite due to being at the peak of his game and being the younger man.

AJ has fought a handful of times, all emerging victorious since Klitschko was last in the ring, when a shell of the form Ukrainian lost to Tyson Fury.

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko after the weigh-in ahead of fight

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko after the weigh-in ahead of the fight tonight

He is younger, with more stamina and on the rise towards being one of the greats in the sport – hence why most bookmakers are around the 2/5, 3/8 and 4/9 marks.

However, discount Klitschko – already a bona fide boxing legned – at your peril, as SunBets give you 2/1 for the giant Dr Steelhammer.

Wembley is being readied for heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko

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Wembley is being readied for heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko

It looks a far more focused fighter than the one who lost to Fury – and while he is perhaps a bit past his best, he is still a stunning boxer capable of pulling a big surprise.


Joshua is confident he can defender his heavyweight title in style and is the bookies' favourite

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Joshua is confident he can defend his heavyweight title in style and is the bookies’ favourite

That is why prices of 2/1, 21/10 and 11/5 are so respectful to the outsider – as bookies and punters realise the 41-year-old is not to be ignored.

As prices for either boxer to win are low, showing how tight it is, some punters may want to lump on a draw at much higher odds – with SunBets offering 33/1 on that eventuality.

Heavyweight’s Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko weigh-in ahead of their world title fight

Experts say this is 50/50 fight, making it more attractive a bet – but beware doing that, as fights are rarely draws, especially with heavyweights who have strong knockout game.

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It is also thought unlikely that Klitschko will stay on his feet long enough to go the entire 12 rounds – remember AJ is still never to go beyond seven rounds in a fight.

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Which way will you bet for this showdown bout?

Therefore, you can find odds of 7/2 on with a host of bookies for the fight NOT to go the whole distance – and Ladbrokes are offering 3/1 for AJ to win in rounds 5-8.

But if you think it is such a close fight that it will go all the way to the end of 12 rounds, you can get odds of 5/2.



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