After rumors and speculation, it appears we’ll get the fight, as it’s being reported that Anthony Joshua will face Wladimir Klitschko on December 10, with Matchroom Boxing set to announce the fight “early next week.”
The likely venue will be the Manchester Arena, as the preferred O2 Arena in London has bookings for December 10 and December 17.
Joshua, 27, is 17-0, all wins coming by way of knockout, dominant thus far as a professional after winning the super heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
But Klitschko, 40, still represents a drastic step up in class from the likes of Dillian Whyte, Charles Martin, and Dominic Breazeale, Joshua’s last three and thus far most significant opponents as a professional. Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) is coming off of a decision loss last November to Tyson Fury, and that combined with his age and inactivity could be a formula for the aggressive and powerful Joshua to do something special, but on paper, this is a big challenge for the defending IBF titleholder.
Who do you favor in this fight?