Joshua vs Klitschko odds: First time Wlad is underdog ever?Written by Lee Cleveland
A professional fighter for over 20 years, former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) has participated in 68 prizefights.
And, from our findings, has never been the underdog prior to Saturday's bout with current IBF Champion Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KO).
Imagine that... A fighter who turned pro in 1996 and has fought professionally nearly 70 times has potentially never been the underdog.
And yes, he was a solid (but not huge) favorite in his 2011 superbout with David Haye.
Was Joe Louis an underdog against Max Schmeling in their rematch? Was Muhammad Ali an underdog against Joe Frazier in their first two contests? He was an 8 to 1 underdog against George Foreman in 1974.
Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Broadcast: SKY Sports (UK); Showtime, HBO (U.S.)
Titles: WBA (Vacant), IBF
Champion: Joshua (IBF)
Not only is Wladimir Klitschko’s resume amazing, the fact he, at 41, has never been the underdog is nearly unprecedented.
Joshua vs Klitschko odds
On Saturday, however, Wlad will be the consensus underdog against Anthony Joshua.
We explain it here, Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua odds: Perplexing or accurate?
As of Tuesday, April 25, bet365 has Joshua as the 4 to 11 favorite and Wlad the 9 to 4 underdog. That means a $100 bet on the IBF Champ will yield a $ 27.50 net should Joshua win. The same bet on Wladimir would yield a $44.44 should the Ukraianan be triumphant.
And skyBET has Joshua as a 2/5 favorite and Klitschko the 2/1 underdog.
Will Wlad's underdog status help or hurt the ex-champion, psychologically?
Will a 'chip on his shoulder' give him an edge?
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
Lee created FightSaga.com to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of top fighters, celebrate the legacy of big fights and provide a fun, educational experience for fight fans.