Both Showtime and HBO to show Joshua-Klitschko fight

After a long battle between the premium-cable rivals, Showtime essentially revealed it won a bidding war with HBO to secure the US rights to televise the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight title fight live April 29 from a sold-out Wembley Stadium in London.

Showtime, the exclusive US television partner of Joshua, will televise the fight live at 4:15 p.m. ET, while HBO, the exclusive network for Klitschko, will televise the fight on World Championship Boxing at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Showtime has an exclusive deal with Joshua to be his US television partner.

"Both promoters and both networks have found a solution that enables boxing fans in the U.S.to watch the World Heavyweight Championship".

"Competing, it's different. There are no two ways about it.

So, it's getting better and more exciting", Klitschko said. HBO has about 32 million subscribers in the United States, approximately eight million more than Showtime.

The negotiations, which include the Boxing Board of Control, who license the fight, the management teams of the two fighters, and executives from the IBF and the WBA, whose titles are on the line, are likely to conclude in the latter part of next week.

In addition to the March 4 welterweight title unification bout on parent network CBS that drew 5.1 million viewers, Showtime has a scheduled April 22 card at Barclays Center in NY that should generate a title shot for the victor of Shawn Porter and Andre Berto. It will mark Wladimir Klitschkos 22nd appearance on HBO and the first for Anthony Joshua.”.

It is undoubtedly the biggest fight of AJ's career and one could argue it is the biggest heavyweight boxing has seen in decades.

Klitschko lost his IBF and WBA title to Tyson Fury and will try to win those titles back, when he fights his old sparring partner.

Both Joshua and Klitschko are Olympic gold medalists.

Watford-born Joshua has taken the division by storm since turning professional in 2013, winning all 18 fights inside the distance with the upcoming bout expected to draw 90,000 spectators to Wembley.

Showtime and HBO have worked together twice before on mega pay-per-view events, Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao in 2015 and Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson in 2002, but never on a non-pay-per-view fight.

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