Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin in another huge world-heavyweight clash, and it’s nearly upon us. The Russian is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBA title and the Briton will also be defending his WBA Super, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts when the two fighters meet in London.
Happening THIS WEEKEND – Saturday, September 22, 2018
The match is happening on Wembley Stadium (London). Joshua last fought at Wembley when stopping Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017.
The fight will be shown live so hurry up, get your 48-hour free pass for €15!
As always, this largely depends on how the fight nights is progressing, but expect the ring walk to begin at around 10pm with the fight starting afterward.
Who is Povetkin?
The 38-year-old Povetkin was the WBA champion from 2011 to 2013 and is now the WBA’s mandatory challenger, meaning Joshua has to fight him or face being stripped of his title.
Povetkin knocked out David Price on the Joshua/Joseph Parker undercard in Cardiff and has suffered only one defeat since his professional debut in 2005, losing by unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow in 2013.
It will be a meeting of two former Olympic champions. Povetkin won super-heavyweight gold at the 2004 Athens Games and Joshua the same title at London 2012.
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.
Alexander Povetkin said that the battle for the World title has always been his goal. He fought for the moment when he would meet the strongest in the world – and on September 22 he would get his chance. “Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all. I’m glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event.” WOW – we must add. This is one determined opponent.
Anthony Joshua is determined to annul the knockout power of Alexander Povetkin. The 39-year-old challenger has only been beaten once in his career, a loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013, and boasts 24 knockouts from his 34 wins. And 28 Joshua is certainly not taking his opponent lightly. The Brit said: “In the heavyweight division not only are they talented but one punch could change the course of the fight. We’re familiar with that, alright. “He’s got that punching power; he’s got big knockouts on his record, so it’s down to me to handle business accordingly. “He’s a threat with the left hook, but not only that, it’s how tough they are, how much do they want it?
They are ready to rumble, so, are you? See you on Saturday the 22nd!