Jamie Carragher predicts the winner of Joshua-Klitschko


It feels like everyone has an opinion on Anthony Joshua's world title heavyweight clash with Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday.

There are expected to be a record 90,000 people in attendance at Wembley to see the biggest fight of 2017 but there will be even more watching on from home.

At the moment, Joshua is considered the big favourite to retain his IBF belt and pick up the currently vacant WBA (super) and IBO titles at the home of English football.

But writing off Wladimir Klitschko, a former champion who practically dominated the heavyweight division for over a decade, would be a costly mistake for the young Brit to make.

Walking out at Wembley in front of such a huge, expectant crowd will be a new experience for Joshua but Jamie Carragher is confident the 27-year-old will be able to handle the pressure.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former England international - and a keen follower of boxing - was asked whether walking out at Wembley would affect Joshua.

"I think it will. I think he will be able to control it, but it should do, you should be nervous," Carragher said. "He will be excited going to an arena like that, with 90,000 people.

"I don't think he's ever fought there before with that many people. He was on the undercard of a big fight and there was 15 or 20,000 people there.

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"This is different, he's top of the bill with 90,000 in his home city. I'm sure there will be nerves there, but he can easily fall back on his boxing prowess. The man he is coming up against, Wladimir Klitschko, is a household name, but I don't think he will give Anthony Joshua any problems."

So Carragher is firmly among the camp to expect a Joshua victory from Saturday's battle.

But how and when does the Sky Sports pundit predict the fight will end?

Well, according to Carragher, we could be in for a cagey opening as both fighters weigh up each other.


However, Carra thinks it will only be a matter of time before Joshua's pace and power prove too much for Klitschko.

"I would expect a cautious start from Anthony Joshua. He's at Wembley, with that amount of people there, topping the bill.

"Klitschko, the name that he brings, I think there will be a few nerves in the first one or two rounds, seeing how Klitschko will tactically start the fight. But once Anthony gets into his stride, he will have no problem at all."

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"Anthony Joshua, his size, his power and the pace, he seems to have lifted heavyweight boxing. There is a lot more excitement to it and as soon as he steps up the pace in the fight, Klitschko will have no problems for him.

"Klitschko is the household name in heavyweight boxing over the last 10 or 15 years. What the Klitschkos have done is maybe coming to an end and I think Joshua will bring it to an end. I think he will, I fancy Joshua in the ninth round."

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