Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko: Bookmakers forecast £20m boxing betting bonanza for Wembley fight

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Heavyweight showdown: Joshua v Klitschko has been billed as the biggest British boxing fight in history (Source: Getty)

Bookmakers are predicting a boxing betting bonanza over Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on Saturday night.

The hotly anticipated mega-fight — which will set a new post-war boxing attendance record — is expected to be the second biggest betting bout since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao smashed box office records in 2015.

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"Big fights like this always attract casual fans and despite no table-throwing and fancy dress antics in the build-up, there's no doubt this one has caught the imagination of the British public," said a Paddy Power spokesman.

"We're expecting over £20m to be staked across the industry — putting it just behind the Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight in 2015."

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A not insignificant chunk of that could come from Klitshcko's previous opponent Tyson Fury, who told his Twitter followers he would bet £100,000 on his vanquished foe to topple Joshua.

Around 90,000 fans are expected to fill Wembley to watch 27-year-old Joshua defend his IBF title and compete for a WBA "super" belt against the 41-year-old Klitschko.

As well as the bumper-crowd, the fight is forecast to draw in record pay-per-view sales for a British fight.

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