Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin in another colossal world-heavyweight bout, and it’s almost upon us. The Russian is the required challenger to Joshua’s WBA title and the Briton will likewise be protecting his WBA Super, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts when the two warriors meet in London.
World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has depicted an arrival to London’s Wembley Stadium for the most recent safeguard of his title belts before fans on Saturday as “a blessing”.
The 28-year-old Londoner will put his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization titles on the line against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin.
“Returning is a gift — it’s an ideal opportunity to put on an executing performance,” said Joshua at a Wembley news meeting on Thursday.
Battling Povetkin presently implies Joshua fights Povetkin as a mandatory bout but Wilder is the opponent he wants. However, if Povetkin defeats Joshua, the unification discussion might change. Only time will tell. Both parties say they want it to happen. It’s just not happening this year. opponent – most likely would be Deontay Wilder.
As specified before, Joshua holds three of the four noteworthy world titles – the IBF, WBA, and WBO – with Wilder’s WBC belt the main thing between him being the undisputed heavyweight champion. The latest boxer to guarantee such honor was Lennox Lewis in 2000.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring – the end of March feels a long time ago now. Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has a serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.
“It’s not the height of the man, it’s the fight of the man. He’s fought people like me all his life. He’s used to tall guys. He knows how to slip and throw punches, so I’ve got to make sure I give him no gaps or openings. It’s not the height that’s the issue – it’s how willing and determined he is.”
Joshua comes into Saturday’s challenge having won each of the 21 of his professional fighting sessions, in spite of the fact that his last battle, against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in Cardiff in March, saw him go the long mile out of the blue as a professional before he anchored a unanimous point decision.
Anthony Joshua needs to be aware of the dangerous power of Povetkin, after the sickening knockout of Britain’s David Price.
In addition, Joshua said he has regards for Povetkin’s heart and speed, with the main imperfection on the Russian’s 35-battle record 2013 focuses vanquish by Klitschko.
“skills and technique separated, we both have a major heart and can burrow profound,” said Joshua. “We both demonstrated that against Klitschko.
“The person who’s hardest will turn out successful. He is one of the lightest heavyweights however that implies he has speed.
“I spar cruiserweights like Lawrence Okolie, who is fast and sharp.
The fight is on Saturday, September 22, 2018 – this weekend at the Wembley Stadium (London). Joshua last fought at Wembley when stopping Vladimir Klitschko in April 2017.
Tickets went on sale in July and are nearly sold out. “There will be 80,000 there on the night,” promoter Eddie Hearn said with a week to go. “We had done 70,000 a month ago. It has been slower than Klitschko and (Joseph) Parker.”
The odds are not particularly in favor of Anthony Joshua win 1/8 Draw 40/1 Alexander Povetkin win 8/1
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