Tuesday 17 January 2017 08:18, UK
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.
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.
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.
“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!"
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.
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.