Joshua v Klitschko could reach £100 million in global betting turnover
* AJ 8/13 to win by KO
* Klitschko 13/2 to win on points
* Box Office figures set to be smashed
* 90,000 fans to watch the fight at Wembley
* Fight screened in 140+ countries across the world
William Hill, sponsor of Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko, is predicting the global betting industry turnover could reach £100 million (£20 million in the UK alone) for Saturday’s eagerly awaited world heavyweight showdown.
British sporting icon and current IBF world champion Joshua is the 4/9 favourite to win the fight – and in the process add the vacant WBA and IBO titles to his collection. AJ, who won Olympic gold at London 2012, has enjoyed a perfect start to his professional career with 18 wins from 18 fight – all coming by way of knockout. Unsurprisingly, William Hill are offering short odds of 8/13 for the Londoner to knockout Kitschko at Wembley Stadium.
The majority of the 90,000 fans at the national stadium will be in AJ’s corner, but one of the main reasons the fight sold out in record time was to prospect of seeing the legendary two-time world champion Klitschko in action. This will be the Ukrainian’s first outing since losing the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles to Tyson Fury in 2015, his first defeat in 11 years, and he is rated a 2/1 chance to return to winning ways on Saturday night.
The odds suggest the fight will end in a stoppage. However, should it go the distance then who will win? William Hill offer odds of 6/1 for AJ to win on points and 13/2 to win on the scorecards.
“Joshua v Klitschko is set to be the biggest betting fight in history, said William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny, “£20 million will be bet on the fight in the UK alone and close to £100 million across the globe.
“Both AJ and Wladimir transcend the world of boxing – and their date with destiny has got sports fans across the globe excited.”
LATEST ODDS FROM BIG FIGHT SPONSORS WILLIAM HILL
To win the fight: 4/9 Anthony Joshua, 2/1 Wladimir Klitschko, 28/1 Draw
Method of result: 8/13 Anthony Joshua by KO TKO or DQ, 7/2 Wladimir Klitschko by KO TKO or DQ, 6/1 Anthony Joshua by Decision or Technical Decision, 13/2 Wladimir Klitschko by Decision or Technical Decision, 28/1 Draw
Fight to go the distance: 9/4 Yes, 1/3 No
When will the fight end? 6/5 Either in Round 1-6, 6/4 Either in Round 7-12, 5/2 Either on Points
Knock Down Specials: 11/4 Anthony Joshua to be Knocked Down, 4/7 Wladimir Klitschko to be Knocked Down, 9/1 Both Fighters to be Knocked Down.
Round Betting (AJ) 25/1 Round 1; 18/1 Round 2; 14/1 Round 3; 14/1 Round 4; 12/1 Round 5; 12/1 Round 6; 12/1 Round 7; 12/1 Round 8; 14/1 Round 9; 20/1 Round 10; 25/1 Round 11, 33/1 Round 12
Round Betting (WK) 66/1 Round 1; 50/1 Round 2; 33/1 Round 3; 33/1 Round 4; 28/1 Round 5; 25/1 Round 6; 25/1 Round 7; 28/1 Round 8; 33/1 Round 9; 40/1 Round 10; 50/1 Round 11, 50/1 Round 12
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