The mega-fight between heavyweight stars Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko has reportedly sold over 80,000 tickets for their fight on April 29 at the giant Wembley Stadium in London, England. The tickets sold thus far has broken the previous record for a boxing event at Wembley Stadium set by the super middleweight clash between Carl Froch and George Groves back in 2014.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is over the moon with gleeful happiness about the ticket sales for the fight.
“The demand for tickets for Joshua vs. Klitschko is phenomenal – this is unquestionably the biggest fight in British boxing history and we would have sold out Wembley twice over,” said Hearn.
The Wembley Stadium will no doubt be completely sold out for the Joshua-Klitschko fight by April 29. A lot of British boxing fans can’t wait to see the fight. It’s a big deal for them, but not such a big deal for the fans in the States. Many of the fans in the U.S never liked Wladimir’s technical style of fighting.
Wladimir uses a great deal of clinching in his fights, and this style has failed to win over the boxing fans in America. Now that Wladimir is older at 41, and looking like he’s over-the-hill, it seems like a forgone conclusion that the 27-year-old Joshua will win this fight. For that reason, the interest in the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight has been lukewarm in the States. The British fans don’t seem to mind the fight being a mismatch on paper though, as we can see from the ticket sales.
Joshua will have his IBF heavyweight title on the line for the Klitschko fight. The vacant World Boxing Association heavyweight title will be up for grabs for the fight. Joshua-Klitschko will be televised on Sky Box Office PPV in the UK. It’s still hashed out which network will televise the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight in the U.S. It won’t be on PPV though. That would not work too well unless Hearn is fine with very low PPV sales, as the interest in the fight just isn’t enough for it to bring in big sales in the States. Hearn could try and entice the U.S fans to watch it by loading up the undercard with some American fighters, but I doubt that would work.