William Hill, the official 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.
Watford’s Anthony Joshua is at present the 4/9 favourite to win the fight, and in the process add the vacant WBA and IBO titles to his collection.
Joshua has become a household name having 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.
William Hill is offering short odds of 8/13 for the ‘Golden Boy’ of British boxing to knockout Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.
However, Joshua faces his biggest professional challenge to date, in former unified IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion Wladimir ‘Dr Steelhammer’ Klitschko who was held the crown of the best heavyweight in boxing for a period of 11 years, Klitschko states that he is ready to regain his crown!
‘Joshua Vs Klitschko’ main promoter Matchroom Boxing, has stated that the fight has reached ‘unprecedented levels’ of global reach, gaining primetime coverage on US cable networksHBO and Showtime as well as a number of sports broadcasters in Asia and Europe.
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.”