Joshua v Klitschko: Odds shorten on ‘AJ’ as Fury eyes winner
Anthony Joshua is now a clear favourite to defeat Wladimir Klitschko when the pair collide in a massive unification at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.
The 27 year-old is hoping to add two more belts to his IBF version against the Ukrainian, and despite opening up at equal odds for the fight, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist is now a much shorter 11/25 in the heavyweight world title Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko betting odds.
Klitschko is offered at a best priced 2/1 against with some oddsmakers, who see the dawn of a new era unfolding when Joshua steps up for his biggest test to date in front of a record-breaking 90,000 fans.
A win for Joshua could open up a huge clash with Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker, potentially in a summer return to Wembley, whilst the former mulls over a possible return to the ring.
Fury has been highly vocal about regaining his position at the top in several social media posts leading up to fight week, whilst many believe the ex-Klitschko conqueror is destined to remain retired.
“Regardless of the effort, I will regain what is truly mine, the world, and still the best!” – said Fury via his Twitter account.
If a book was opened up on Fury fighting again, the figures would probably be stacked against it as the Ring Magazine champion did state on many occasions in the past he’d win his crown and step away undefeated.
True to his word, and not without a little help from the boxing authorities, Fury is on the outside looking in but still cuts a frustrated figure due to the fact that he’s not the one trading blows in the biggest fight Britain has ever seen.
Sure, Fury would almost certainly have been in the opposite corner to Joshua had things gone differently since his victory over Klitschko 17 long months ago, which has left a sour taste in the mouth and plenty of fans left wondering what might have been.
As Fury is the lineal champion, Joshua defeating Klitschko would still leave a big question mark as to who should be seen as the number one, as you have to beat the man who beat the man – as the saying goes.
Promoter Eddie Hearn may already have a seven-figure offer in his back pocket for Fury once the dust settles on a defining night for ‘AJ’ and what many see as a changing in the guard.
Joshua v Fury has the potential to be an even more lucrative event for Hearn and both boxers, whilst Klitschko will want to make sure that fight has no chance of happening when he enters the ring as an underdog for the first time in over a decade this weekend.