It is one of the biggest British boxing nights in years and it’s finally here as Anthony Joshua faces Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight unification blockbuster at Wembley Stadium, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Everything about this fight is supersized, from the towering fighters in the ring, to the packed-out stands, filled to capacity with 90,000 fans all wanting to see a piece of sporting history.
The contrasts between the two men are stark – in one corner stands Joshua, a hugely marketable man who went from prospect to world champion in just 16 fights, blessed with talent and power yet still raw and inexperienced.
Joshua is Britain’s biggest boxing star out to prove the young lion can replace his more established and experienced opponent at the top of the heavyweight pile.
In the other, Klitschko, the wily veteran who has dominated the heavyweight division practically unopposed for much of the past 10 years before losing his belts to the now-exiled Tyson Fury.
He made his professional debut when AJ was just seven years old – and won his first world belt the day before the Briton turned 11.
It’s the most highly-anticipated fight of the year, and if that’s not enough, there’s also a packed undercard that includes Scott Quigg, Luke Campbell, Katie Taylor and Joe Cordina among others.
The ramifications for boxing’s most illustrious division here are huge, and a victory for either will represent a dramatic shift in the landscape of the sweet science.
Can the young pretender claim the vacant throne? Or will the old champion return to glory once more?
Details of how to watch the big fight on the box can be found below or via Sky Sports’ dedicated website skysports.com/joshua.
The countdown to Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko is on and Sky Sports will have comprehensive coverage throughout the week building up to the pay-per-view showdown.
Live and exclusive coverage of a bumper night of boxing starts at 6pm on Saturday, April 29, on Sky Sports Box Office (Sky channel 491, HD channel 492), with coverage presented from ringside by Anna Woolhouse.
She will be joined by Sky Sports regulars Carl Froch and Johnny Nelson, plus various special guests throughout the night, while Adam Smith leads the commentary team and Andy Scott will get the latest reaction and interviews from ringside.
There are multiple ways to book the event, which is priced at £19.95 for UK customers, up until Midnight, Friday, March 3. Thereafter £16.95 across all “self-service” bookings (remote control / online) if booked via the phone (either IVR or agent) but note an additional £2 booking fee if via an agent still applies.
Two repeat showings of the entire fight night will be shown at 9am and 4pm on Sunday, March 5, also priced at £19.95.
Sky customers can book the fight via remote control on their Sky+ or Sky Q devices, online via my.sky.com/orderboxoffice, or by phone – 03442 410888 – although here may be a £2 booking fee for telephone bookings.
Virgin Media cable customers can order the fight by accessing the live events section via remote control.
Prior to fight night, Sky Sports TV, online and Sky Sports News HQ’s will get boxing fans in the mood with a host of preview programming throughout the week (see TV schedule below).
Then on Friday from 1pm, the crucial weigh-in will be streamed live at skysports.com/joshua and shown live on Sky Sports News HQ.
As soon as the heavyweights step on the scales, you can begin counting down the hours to Saturday night.
Klitschko has the edge in size, but weight’s and of course, that all-important staredown will show just what sort of physically and psychological shape Joshua is in.
Watch Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko live from Wembley Stadium on Sky Sports Box Office. Book the event online here.
SKY SPORTS PREVIEW PROGRAMMING
SATURDAY 29th APRIL
JOSHUA v KLITSCHKO