Klitschko vs Joshua: TV and channel details
On April 29th, heavyweight titans Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua will face each other in a history-making affair.
On the line will not only be Joshua’s IBF World Championship and the vacant IBO and WBA World Championships, but the unofficial titles of consensus heavyweight champion and king of boxing.
Klitschko vs Joshua will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, before a sold-out crowd of 90,000.
So what channel will the fight be broadcast? After all, Klitschko fights on HBO and Joshua is locked in with SKY Sports and Showtime.
Answer: All of them
In the States, Showtime will air the fight live at 4:15 p.m. ET, while HBO will televise it at 11 p.m. ET/PT. Of course, the networks will deliver separate telecasts.
In the United Kingdom, the fight card will be broadcast at 18:00 on Sky Box Office HD.
“I'm extremely happy and thankful that our respective U.S. TV partners Showtime and HBO reached an agreement,” said Bernd Boente, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group, via USA Today. “This happened before in the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and the Lewis vs. Tyson fights and shows you the magnitude of our event at Wembley Stadium on April 29.”
Of course there's one big difference: Unlike the afforementioned fight cards, only Showtime will braodacst Klitschko vs Joshua live.
Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, said earlier this week via USA Today: "Both promoters and both networks have found a solution that enables boxing fans in the U.S. to watch the world heavyweight championship. This agreement ensures that our subscribers have access to same-day primetime coverage of the fight. It will mark Wladimir Klitschko’s 22nd appearance on HBO and the first for Anthony Joshua.”
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)
It will be interesting to see the numbers pulled in stateside by HBO and Showtime. HBO has more subscribers but Showtime is broadcasting the event live.
Sans hardcore boxing fans, virtually no one in the States knows who Anthony Joshua is. And while most Americans have probably heard of Wladimir Klitschko and know he's a boxer, he hasn't garnered mainstream interest among casual fans in the U.S.
This fight might give us some indication of where heavyweight boxing stands in America.