Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin Big Fight Preview
Anthony Joshua returns to action this weekend with a title defence against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley. The big man isn't taking anything for granted against his older opponent, and he believes that Povetkin will come here in the shape of his life, with this almost certain to be his last world title shot. The Russian is now 39 years old and doesn't have much boxing left in him, but that doesn't mean he isn't a dangerous opponent for Joshua. Stadium fights are always a special boxing spectacle, but this one is now Joshua's fourth in a row, so he should be getting used to the differences that boxing outside brings.
Joshua has received a little bit of criticism over recent months for failing to agree a fight with Deontay Wilder, a fight which could have added the WBC belt to Joshua's current haul. Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBS belt that Joshua currently holds, and without good reason for delaying the fight, there would have been a possibility that Joshua would have been stripped of the title had he not faced Povetkin. AJ certainly have the height and weight advantage going into this one, he stands a full four inches taller than Povetkin, while he is expected to weigh in around two stone heavier than his Russian counterpart.
However, that will bring another challenge and that is the speed of Povetkin. He will be the quicker fighter, and with this looking like being his last world title shot, he will, of course, be throwing the kitchen sink at Joshua in the ring. This makes Povetkin dangerous, and we already know he is better than some people are giving him credit for, losing just one of his 35 fights and that was against Wladimir Klitschko back in 2013.
The bookmakers have priced Joshua up at 1/10 to win the bout, with his opponent Povetkin available at 11/2. A Joshua win on points like his last can be backed at 7/2, while a win by knockout or disqualification is available at 7/2. If you think the veteran Russian can get inside and knock Joshua down to win the bout then this is priced up at 15/2. For those looking for round betting, the favourite is for Joshua to win the fight in rounds 7-9, which is 100/30. Finishing earlier than that in rounds 4-6 can be backed at 7/2 while an early finish in rounds 1-3 is available at 9/2.