Joshua-Klitschko ticket sales set new Wembley record

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko pose for a photograph during the press conference at Wembley Stadium
Image: Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko will meet in an eagerly-awaited showdown at a sold-out Wembley in the spring

Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight showdown with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium has broken box office records with over 80,000 tickets sold for the April 29 super fight.

Joshua will bid to add the WBA ‘super’ belt to his IBF title when he faces the division’s former kingpin, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Joshua v Klitschko

Joshua v Klitschko

At Wembley Stadium, April 29, on Box Office

The second batch of tickets took less than an hour to sell out when they were released on Monday lunchtime and the total sales have beaten the previous record set by Carl Froch’s rematch with George Groves at Wembley in 2014.

Image: 77,000 fight fans watched Carl Froch stop George Groves at Wembley when the pair met for a second time in 2014

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “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.

Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko - Tale of the Tape
Image: Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko - Tale of the Tape

“We have put a request in to Brent Council, the Mayor’s office and TFL to increase the capacity by a further 5,000 tickets. We are confident of a positive answer and we will release further news shortly. Roll on April 29!"

Anthony Joshua celebrates after beating Eric Molina during their IBF World Heavyweight Championship bout
Image: Joshua stopped Eric Molina in three rounds in the second defence of his IBF title in his last fight in December

Former Olympic champion Joshua, 27, has won all 18 of his professional fights by knockout and will have youth on his side when he tackles Klitschko.

Have a look back at some of Klitschko's finest work in the ring

The Ukrainian, who lost his titles to Tyson Fury in November 2015, is 13 years older and boasts a career of 64 wins, 53 inside the distance with just four defeats since turning pro after winning gold at Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

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