Joshua vs Povetkin: everything you need to know about AJ's latest bout
Britain's Anthony Joshua has announced that he will defend his world heavyweight titles against Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on 22 September.
Here’s all you need to know about the fight, including how to get tickets at StubHub: the event's official ticketing partner.
The road to undisputed
After unifying the WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a unanimous points win over New Zealand’s Joseph Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium in March, Anthony Joshua had only one thing on his mind: Deontay Wilder.
That night, WBC title holder Wilder became the last man standing between AJ and his ultimate goal of unifying all four heavyweight titles - something that no heavyweight fighter has ever managed before.
Negotiations for Joshua to face the American began almost immediately, but with no agreement in place between the two champions, the World Boxing Association (WBA) called for the Briton to face Alexander Povetkin - who knocked out David Price on the Joshua-Parker undercard to become mandatory challenger.
Joshua, therefore, has parked all talk of a potential bout with Wilder and will now concentrate on seeing off the big-hitting Russian at England's national stadium on 22 September.
Tickets for the fight went on sale at 9am on Monday 23 July via StubHub.co.uk, while official coach packages were made available to buy the following day.
Power versus experience
The fight is set to be one of the most exciting match-ups this year, with the experienced Russian boasting a fight record that’s almost as impressive as Joshua's.
The 38-year-old - who was WBA champion from 2011-2013 - has won 34 of his 35 fights (24 by knockout) since his professional debut in 2005, losing just once to Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow five years ago.
However, since then, Povetkin has defeated seasoned fighters such as former world title challenger Mariusz Wach, recent AJ opponent Carlos Takam and two-time WBO European heavyweight titleholder Christian Hammer.
Like Joshua, Povetkin is also a former Olympic champion; taking super-heavyweight gold at the 2004 Athens Games before AJ claimed the same title eight years later in London. And the Watford man certainly isn't taking his opponent lightly.
"Povetkin is a gold medallist, unbelievable pedigree, and has come through the professional rankings very well," said Joshua. "I've watched him for a long time. He is one of the best fighters on my record."
Povetkin, meanwhile, used his Wembley press conference to state that "experience" would be key.
"I want to say that Anthony Joshua has proved he’s one of the strongest fighters here, and I’m excited about this fight," the Russian said.
"This fight will be all about experience. I know Anthony Joshua is a world champion, but we have been training hard for this fight."
Joshua, though, will be determined to strengthen his place at the top of the heavyweight tree and move a step closer to realising the historic feat of total unification. This is surely just the beginning of the Anthony Joshua era.
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