Joshua to fight Klitschko in blockbuster bout on Sky Sports Box Office

Much-awaited heavyweight unification world title fight exclusively live

Sky Sports Box Office will show the much-awaited heavyweight unification world title fight between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko exclusively live.

 The bout will take place at a packed Wembley Stadium on 29 April for the IBF, IBO and vacant WBA Super World Heavyweight titles.

Joshua has won all 18 of his professional bouts since his gold medal triumph at the 2012 London Olympics. It will be the third defence of his IBF title after victories over Americans Dominic Breazeale, and Eric Molina on Saturday night.

The pair will also fight for the vacant WBA belt which was relinquished by Tyson Fury as part of his decision to focus on his medical treatment and recovery.

This will be Joshua’s second fight at Wembley Stadium, following his victory over Matt Legg as part of the Carl Froch v George Groves undercard in 2014. Should Joshua v Klitschko have half the drama of Froch’s knockout victory, fans will be in for a terrific night of boxing.

Klitschko will be out to reclaim the IBF and WBA belts he lost in a shock defeat to Briton Tyson Fury in November 2015. And April’s fight will be his first since the loss in Dusseldorf. The Ukranian has won 64 of his 68 pro fights in a highly-decorated career that started back in 1996.

Sky Sports Head of Boxing Adam Smith said: “This is the fight the boxing world has been waiting for. Can the young lion, Anthony Joshua, rise to the challenge and conquer the former and long reigning king of the heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko? It is one of the biggest fights in the most glamorous division and it is on. At Wembley Stadium! What a stage for our sport, what a build-up in store and what a night it’s going to be on April 29th.”

Ahead of the bout, Sky Sports viewers will be able to enjoy a range of support programming across both linear channels and digital outlets, including Ringside and The Gloves Are Off, in addition to all the pre-fight build up from behind the scenes.

The fight is part of an already great 2017 of boxing on Sky Sports Box Office, with David Haye taking on arch rival Tony Bellew on 4 March at London’s O2 Arena.

Sky Sports subscribers can look forward to a stellar 2017 on Sky Sports, with more Premier League matches than ever before, the Lions’ tour of New Zealand, PGA and European Tour golf, England cricket, the 2017 Formula 1 season and much more.

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