Sky Sports Box Office bags Joshua Klitschko

Pay-per-view channel secures exclusive UK live coverage for heavyweight bout.

Sky Sports Box Office bags Joshua Klitschko

Sky Sports Box Office has won the exclusive rights to show live coverage of the fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in the UK.

The much anticipated fight, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on 29th April, will be available to UK viewers on a pay-per-view basis as part of a deal between the pay-TV broadcaster and Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing. Joshua will defend his IBF heavyweight title for the third time, while WBA and IBO belts vacated by Tyson Fury earlier this year will also be up for grabs.

Joshua v Klitschko will be the first boxing event to be held at Wembley Stadium since Carl Froch and George Groves fought there in 2014. The fight is expected to set new UK records for boxing attendance and for pay-per-view buys.

“This is the fight the boxing world has been waiting for,” said Adam Smith, Sky Sports head of boxing. “What a stage for our sport, what a build-up in store and what a night it’s going to be on April 29th.”

Anthony Joshua is unbeaten in 18 fights, all of which he has finished inside the distance. He recently defeated Eric Molina by third round knockout. Wladimir Klitschko has not competed since losing his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles to Tyson Fury last November. Before that fight, he had not lost in over a decade.

Sky Sports Box Office’s boxing calendar for early 2017 already includes David Haye and Tony Bellew’s heavyweight clash on 4th March.