Klitschko 6/4 to retire after Joshua loss; 5/2 to break Lewis’ reign

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The climax to one of the finest title fights in decades came in the 11th round at Wembley, as Anthony Joshua knocked out Vladimir Klitscho, to retain the IBF World Heavyweight title.

And on the back of AJ’s defeat of the Ukrainian, our traders have priced up a flurry of specials on these two fighters.

For Klitschko, last night’s knockout proves to be the knockout blow for his career, with the 41-year-old 6/4 to retire.

However, if Dr Steelhammer keeps fighting, we could well be set for a rematch.

While Tyson Fury is the favourite to be Joshua’s next opponent at 4/1, the Ukrainian is second in the betting at 5s, with Deontay Wilder following at 7/1.

But whoever he faces, our odds-crunchers reckon the Watford-born fighter could prove unbeatable in the coming years.

They make it a 5/2 shot for AJ to surpass Lennox Lewis’ four-year reign as Heavyweight champion – the longest of any UK boxer. So far, Joshua is one year and 22 days into his epoch at the top.

Meanwhile, it’s 2/1 that the Brit holds all four heavyweight belts at the same time (WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF) at once, anytime between 1 Jan 2020.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “AJ was heavily backed antepost, and punters have collected in their thousands despite the short odds on offer.”

She added: “We lost money in-play, but on the whole it’s great news for boxing as turnover was through the roof tonight.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

Anthony Joshua – Next Opponent

Fury – 4/1

Klitschko – 5/1

Wilder – 7/1

Pulev – 8/1

Ortiz – 12/1

Parker – 12/1

Briggs – 25/1

 

Klitchsko to retire – 6/4

Joshua to hold all 4 heavyweight belts at the same time (WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF) before 1st Jan 2020 – 2/1

To break Lennox Lewis’ record 4 year reign – 5/2

Rematch before the end of 2017 – 7/1

To break Joe Louis’ record 11 year reign – 20/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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