The fight of the year between undefeated Anthony Joshua and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin is quickly approaching. On September 22nd, the two boxers will meet at Wembley Stadium. This could be a career-changing fight for Joshua who will put his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight on the line just two months from now.
In one of the many interviews Joshua’s given recently, the British boxer said that he’s aware that fighting Povetkin was not going to be easy. Some would assume that because Povetkin is not at the peak of his career, the Russian boxer would be easy to defeat, but not Joshua. “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,” said Joshua.
However, as Joshua also pointed out, he’s now in the second chapter of his life. For the past ten years, Joshua’s been always focusing on his opponents. He’s been continuously conditioned to focus on defeating one opponent just so that he could fight the next one. Those days are now behind Joshua. His number one focus is to concentrate on himself and reach his full potential.
The 38-year-old Russian expressed his excitement about the bout against Joshua. “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,” said Povetkin.
Povetkin, who made a professional debut in 2005, has lost only one match. The Russian met with Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 to suffer the only defeat in his impeccable career. Klitschko won the fight after twelve rounds by unanimous decision. As a result, Povetkin lost his WBA heavyweight title. Povetkin and Joshua share this opponent, only Joshua’s encounter with Klitschko ended with a TKO in Joshua’s favour.
Povetkin’s last fight was against David Price that ended after Povetkin knocked Price out in the fifth round. Joshua’s last opponent was Joseph Parker, whom he defeated by unanimous decision. The best betting apps’ favourite to win the bout is Joshua, but we’ll still have to wait for two months before finding out the winner of what promises to be one of the most thrilling fights we’ve seen recently.