Wladimir Klitschko may be entering Saturday night’s fight coming off a loss, but when he squares off with Anthony Joshua, there’s going to be a lot of a dominant performances, a lot of knockouts and a lot of frightening power between the two competitors.
Here’s a closer look at the numbers behind what stands as one of the most anticipated fights of the year
Tale of the Tape
|Anthony Joshua||Wladimir Klitschko|
|18-0 (18 KO)||Record||64-4 (53 KO)|
|6’6″ (198 cm)||Height||6’6″ (198 cm)|
|250.1 pounds||Weight||240.6 pounds|
|82″ (208 cm)||Reach||81″ (206 cm)|
Joshua, who has 18 fights and 18 knockouts, has never been pushed past the seventh round and only twice has he ventured further than the third round of a fight. But diving further into the numbers paints an even more dominant picture.
In his three title fights (vs. Eric Molina, Dominic Breazeale and Charles Martin), he landed an average of 18.3 punches per round, per CompuBox. His opponents? Just 3.9 per round. The threat of AJ’s power has sent his challengers into a shell, but they’ve also had difficultly touching him even when they do come forward, landing just 17 percent of thrown punches during that span.
It’ll be interesting to see if Klitschko can buck that trend.
Several years ago, that would have been an easy answer. When he was atop the division and really dominating, Klitschko could pick opponents apart with both power and volume. has averaged 14.4 punches connected per round. His 8.7 connected jabs per round during that time is about 67 percent higher (!) than the heavyweight average (5.2). When he was atop the division, he could dominant with both power and volume.
However, he has slowed down with age. In his loss to Fury, Klitschko landed an ugly 4.3 punches per round. And over his last 14 fights overall, he has been much more reliant on the jab (28.9 thrown per round, which is about 42 percent more than the heavyweight average) than the power punch (14.9 thrown per round, which is 63 percent less than the heavyweight average).
That could be indicative of the strategy Klitschko will employ against Joshua, but if he wants to walk away from Wembley as a champion once again, he’ll have to discover some of that old Dr. Steelhammer power.