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Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko By The Numbers

 

In a few hours, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will clash in what is literally the biggest fight of the year to be witnessed by 90,000 fans at the historic Wembley Stadium in England. Before we witness the Big One though, let's take one final look at the fighters, this time by some interesting and important numbers:

During Friday's weigh-ins, Anthony Joshua outweighed Wladimir Klitschko by 10 pounds. AJ tipped the scales at 250 pounds while Wlad came in at 240.5 pounds. This represents the heaviest Joshua's ever been in his career. Meanwhile, Klitshcko's 240.5 is his lowest weight since 2009. Can Joshua carry the weight for 12 rounds? Can Klitschko withstand the punches of a much heavier opponent?

This will be Joshua's first fight of 2017. His last fight was a 3rd round TKO of Eric Molina in December 2016. Klitschko meanwhile will be making his first fight since losing the belts to Tyson Fury in November 2015. Saturday will mark the 17th month from his last fight. This is the longest layoff of Wladimir Klitschko's career. Will ring rust be a factor in the fight?

Joshua will be making the third defense of the IBF title he won from Charles Martin in April 2016. He won the belt in his 16th bout, making him the 5th fastest man to win a heavyweight title. Joshua's record is a perfect 18-0 with 18 KOs. He holds the record for the longest active knockout streak and highest KO rate among current world champions. Saturday will mark the 4th world title fight of his boxing career.  

AJ's opponent is the far more experienced fighter. Excluding Saturday, Wlad has fought in a total of 28 heavyweight title fights, more than any fighter in the history of the sport. He also holds the record for the most wins against an unbeaten opponent with 12. Will Anthony Joshua be his 13th victim?

Klitschko is 41 years old and Joshua 27. Their age gap is the 9th widest in a heavyweight title fight. The last title bout that had a larger age gap than this was when 26 year old Wlad knocked out 41 year old former champion Ray Mercer in 2002. Will history repeat itself for Anthony Joshua as he faces the older former champion in Klitschko?

A victory will make Klitschko a three-time heavyweight champion. Although this has been accomplished before by the likes of Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, Klitschko and his brother Vitali will hold the distinction of being the only siblings to become three-time heavyweight champion.

Another piece of history awaiting Wladimir Klitschko is becoming the second man to win a heavyweight title at the age of 40. George Foreman was 46 years old when he knocked out a prime  Michael Moorer in 1994. Can another old man turn back the hands of time in a stunning upset?

Before losing to Tyson Fury, Klitschko's second reign as heavyweight champion was the 2nd longest ever. His 23 total title defenses ( including his first rule as champion ) was also the 2nd most ever. Only Joe Loius did better.

Finally, let's go to the more serious. In Compubox tracked bouts, Anthony Joshua is both the more accurate puncer and has the better defensive percentages than Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko's volume is a little higher but that's probably because of his long history and the knockouts in Anthony Joshua's resume. Will these numbers matter in the fight?

67.6% of the early fan predictions at the Throwdown Scoring mobile app are saying that Anthony Joshua's winning this. 46% believe that AJ is going to win by stoppage and 29.5% think the KO will come after round 6. In contrast, only 32.4% predicted Klitschko to win. 20.5% of them are picking Wlad to win by stoppage. Do you agree with these predictions? You can send  your own using the Throwdown Scoring mobile app. 

 

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