Joshua-Klitschko sets British Records, Sells 80K Tickets
The upcoming heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko is now the highest-selling fight in the history of Wembley Stadium. Joshua’s promoter Matchroom Boxing announced that the fight has shattered the attendance record previously held by Carl Froch and George Groves.
“The demand for tickets for Joshua vs. Klitschko is phenomenal,” promoter Eddie Hearn said. “This is unquestionably the biggest fight in British boxing history and we have sold out Wembley twice over.”
Hearn said that he has requested another 5,000 seats for the fight.
Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) won the IBF heavyweight title in April by knocking out Charles Martin. He defended the title twice in 2016, dominating Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina.
Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) did not fight in 2016, a victim of the mess made by Tyson Fury, who beat Klitschko for his heavyweight titles last November. The two were set to rematch twice in 2016 but neither fight materialized, and Fury’s outside-the-ring troubles led to him vacating the titles. Klitschko and Joshua will now fight for the WBA belt in addition to Joshua’s IBF title.