10 undisputed reasons not to miss the Joshua vs Povetkin fight
After Anthony Joshua defeated Joseph Parker to secure his third major heavyweight title, only one man stood in his way on the road to becoming undisputed champion of the world - Deontay Wilder.
But before a fight with the WBC champion could be confirmed… BOOM! Alexander Povetkin steps firmly between Joshua and his ultimate goal.
It’s going to be an epic clash, with Joshua now laying everything on the line in a dangerous bout that could bring AJ’s sky-high ambitions crashing to Earth.
Here’s why the Joshua vs Povetkin fight could seriously throw a spanner in the works of AJ’s dreams of becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
1. Povetkin has only ever lost one fight
The Russian contender has only ever lost one fight In his professional career of 35 bouts.
Joshua, on the other hand, has never lost. But then again, he hasn’t gone up against quite as many opponents as Povetkin, with only 21 professional fights.
On top of that, Povetkin’s one loss was to Wladamir Klitschko, a fighter Joshua himself would have to admit he had trouble taking down (he managed to stop him in round 11 by TKO, while Povetkin went the distance, but lost on points).
2. AJ could lose everything
While Joshua has his sights set on unifying the four major titles, he has to lay everything on the line before he’ll get the opportunity.
Joshua currently holds the IBF, WBA and WBA titles. Before 2007, this was enough to be considered the undisputed champion of the world before the WBO was recognised as one of the Big Four.
Needless to say, AJ and his fans will be sweating come September 22...
3. Experts agree this won’t be easy for Joshua
Joshua himself seems pretty confident, but many sports pundits insist this is going to be a serious challenge for the champ.
Former undisputed champion Lennox Lewis is a big supporter of Joshua, but admits the young fighter still has a way to go on the road to undisputed.
He told The Sun, “Anthony is good, but he is still a work in progress and he has a lot of things to learn but at this point he is doing well."
4. It’s at Wembley Stadium!
Being the massive deal that he is, Joshua secured a two-fight deal at one of the UK’s most prestigious venues.
Tickets for any sporting event at the top London venue are always in high demand - and that goes double for an AJ fight.
But StubHub knows when you have to be there, you have to be there (see below for undisputedly good ticket prices).
5. Povetkin has toppled heavyweight champions before
Povetkin knows a thing or two about snatching belts away from world title holders.
The Olympic gold medal holder has taken the WBA (Regular), WBC international, WBC Silver, WBA Continental, WBO International, WBA Intercontinental titles - and he has his sights set firmly on Joshua’s accolades.
Not only that, at 38 (he’ll be 39 by the time he faces Joshua) he’s got a lot of experience on the relative newcomer.
6. It’s a crucial part of AJ’s incredible story
Anthony Joshua’s incredible story from council estate bad boy to national treasure is not one you want to skip chapters on.
The Povetkin fight is a massive hurdle for the athlete to get over on the road to undisputed - and we have a feeling it’s going to be action-packed.
7. Povetkin knocked Takam out
While Joshua was victorious over Cameroonian-French fighter Takam, he wasn’t able to lay him out for the count like Povetkin did.
Takam and Povetkin went toe-to-toe in October 2014, which resulted in the Russian scoring a round 10 knockout with a swift left hook. It was voted knockout of the year by boxingscene.com.
Joshua vs Takam was stopped in round 10 after Joshua laid into him with a barrage of blows.
8. Anything can happen in boxing
Some say Joshua has this fight in the bag (see above for evidence that is very much not the case).
But one punch can change the course of a fight in an instant. Povetkin is a fierce contender and is perfectly capable of walking away with AJ’s belts if he wants it enough.
9. Either result is going to be amazing to witness
If Joshua wins, it’ll be epic. If he loses, it’ll be pretty epic as well…
While AJ fans want to see him go on to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, the prospect that he might have to start again from the beginning is too dramatic not to be on the edge of your seat.
Speaking of seats...
10. You can still get tickets for £40
Fans who need to be close enough to taste the sweat already snapped up the pricier tickets very early on (although some might be available for resale).
But you can actually still get tickets to watch the fight live at Wembley Stadium for the incredibly affordable price of just £40 (at time of writing).
Peanuts to be part of boxing history.
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