Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua: 10 reasons why November superfight may happen
Should it happen, it may be the most significant fight in 2016.
Former long-reigning lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko vs red hot, undefeated IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua.
Wlad, course, has been training for an October 29th rematch showdown with current lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. But that bout was once again cancelled earlier this week, putting Fury's belts in jeopardy.
... And Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, has been seeking an opponent for his fighter on November 26.
Will this mega clash happen?
Don't be surprised if it does.
1. Klitschko has already been training for Fury and will have no problem being in top form November 26, if he's not already there now.
2. While the former champion has been preparing for Fury's style, he has enough time to adjust and strategize for Joshua.
3. Tyson Fury may very well be stripped of his titles while Klitschko is obsessed with being the division's top fighter again. Should Wlad wait for Fury, their rematch could be a title-less affair. By defeating Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko would not only get his IBF belt back, he'd undoubtedly be considered the best heavyweight in the world, again.
And who knows, maybe Fury's WBO and WBA titles will be up for grabs as well in November? If so, three major world titles would be at-stake and the Klitschko vs Joshua showdown could be the biggest heavyweight fight since Wlad's win over David Haye in 2011.
4. Money, money, money! No worries there. This is one of the biggest match-ups in boxing. Who cares if there's not long to promote it?
5. An impressive win over Klitschko would put Anthony Joshua, from a marketability standpoint, head and shoulders above peers Deontay Wilder. Tyson Fury, David Haye, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin and could make him boxing's top draw, internationally.
6. Wlad looked a mess in losing to Fury last fall. Team Joshua believes Wlad is vulnerable and would certainly want to capitalize on the window of opportunity should Klitschko be slipping.
7. If Joshua losses, he's still young and has heaps of time to rebound. Wladimir Klitschko was knocked out early in his first reign as a belt holder and went on to become one of the most successful heavyweights in history. A loss would be a setback for the young Brit bit it certainly wouldn't be the end of the world.
He team would spin it as a good learning experinece.
8. If Klitschko losses, he is still a very wealthy all-time great who can ride off into the sunset with his head held high.
9. For reasons No. 8 and 9, both fighters have more to gain than lose from Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua.
10. And lastly, Joshua, with his size and punching power, matches up well against Klitschko who is believed to have a questionable chin. Conversely, Joshua, with his aggression, is well-suited for Wlad who likes to counter against opponents who take the lead. The style match-up is good for both fighters.
One drawback... Is Hearn ready to stick his young tank against a big, strong, supremely-skilled former champion who has heaps of experience? Keep in mind, Anthony Joshua just won the IBF title a mere five months ago and hasn’t faced anyone as polished or as strong as Wladimir Klitschko.
And does Joshua, who has been looking to face a contender, have enough time to prepare for the best heavyweight over the last 10 years?
Is Wladimir Klitschko vs Anthony Joshua on tap?