The biggest heavyweight fight of the decade is dividing opinion…even in the household of well-known father and son promoters Barry and Eddie Hearn.

Barry, the founder and chairman of Matchroom Sport reckons Anthony Joshua will win and ‘win early’ against the aging Wladimir Klitschko in front of a record 90,000 fans at Wembley on Saturday night.

The 68-year-old revealed exclusively to Betfred TV that his managing director son Eddie thinks different and the giant Ukranian will bounce back after his shock defeat to outspoken Tyson Fury.

Barry, said: “We have a difference of opinion over the bragging rights on Saturday night in the Hearn household. Eddie looks at Klitschko, admiring his safety, defence, footwork and brain, and thinks it will be tough for AJ and should go into the later rounds. Maybe even going the distance.

“I take an entirely different view on this fight, and if Klitschko goes back and doesn’t dominate the centre of the ring with his jab then Joshua unloads!

“Once he is on his back foot, eventually your back hits the ropes, and when you hit that rope there is nowhere else to go apart from back to the dressing room you’ve just came from. And that is where I believe Klitschko is going to go…and he is going there early.”

Betfred big fight punters are backing the views of dad Barry it seems, with 90% of the company’s fight fans supporting the 2/5 favourite Joshua to retain his IBF World Heavyweight belt against the 2/1 underdog Klitschko, who is now in his 29th title fight.

Turnover at Betfred for a boxing match is already at a record high, with the biggest single bet £10,000 on the Joshua win placed in Staffordshire @2/5.

Amongst the other most popular of punts is for Joshua to win by knockout or TKO in round 4 which is an impressive 12/1 with the bookmakers.

During his interview with Betfred TV, Barry said that he can barely believe the hype surrounding Saturday’s showdown. He said: “In my 40 years in the boxing business I’ve never seen anything like this. I sold 90,000 tickets in an hour and could’ve sold 250,000!”

He also hailed champion Joshua for keeping his “feet on the ground” and said he is totally focused on the job in hand, although he did warn that the Ukranian opponent, who boasted a 10 year unbeaten run before Fury’s against-the-odds points victory, should not be underestimated.

Hearn stated that despite his age, the heavyweight legend is enjoying being underdog for once and it could work in his favour.

When asked where his money would be going on the fight, Hearn said: “The favourite is Joshua to win but how he wins is going to be the fun part of betting this weekend. I’m looking forward to this fight more than any I’ve ever looked forward to, it is humongous business.”

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