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Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/18

Alexander Povetkin vs. Anthony Joshua

Boxing: Saturday September 22, 2018 (Wembley Stadium)

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Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin fight Saturday at Wembley Stadium for the WBO heavyweight title.

Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 21-0 record that includes 20 knockouts. This will be Joshua’s fourth fight since 2017, and he’s coming off a March win over Joseph Parker. Joshua was expected to fight Deontay Wilder, but it’s clear that bout isn’t happening any time soon as both sides continue to argue about where and how much. So, Joshua will defend his belt for a sixth straight fight in this contest. Joshua watched his knockout streak come to an end and the fight was closer than the cards indicated, but was still in control for the most part. Joshua is a 28-year-old who stands at 6’6”, 82 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Joshua is the total package in terms of power, footwork, IQ and hand speed. Joshua is one of those heavyweights who can breakdown his opponent round by round and doesn’t necessarily look to land haymakers with every punch. Joshua is the class of the heavyweight division, although he has shown in recent fights that he may not be the hardest guy in the world to hit. This will be Joshua’s third career fight at Wembley Stadium.

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Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/22/18

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Alexander Povetkin enters this fight with a 34-1 record that includes 24 knockouts. Povetkin has won each of his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a March win over David Price. Povetkin is coming off a rather effortless victory in which he worked his right hand and produced a fifth round knockout. Povetkin has now produced knockouts in eight of his last 10 victories and six of his last eight knockouts have come by the seventh round or earlier. Povetkin is a 39-year-old Russian who stands at 6’2”, has a 75 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Povetkin is your typical Russian boxer, as he stands in strong, can trade punches with ease, has a strong chin and likes to box on the inside. Povetkin isn’t the biggest heavyweight in the world, but he packs a nice punch and has some underrated hand speed to put together combinations. The main issue with Povetkin, obviously, is his age, as it’s not easy to hang with one of the top boxers in the world when you’re knocking on the door of 40 years old. This will be Povetkin’s first career fight at Wembley Stadium.

This is a warm up fight for Joshua before he gets the details worked out with Wilder. Povetkin is old, washed up and is giving up massive size and power. Joshua is four inches taller than Povetkin and has a seven inch reach advantage as well. When you combine the pure boxing skills of Joshua along with the sometimes sloppiness and carelessness of Povetkin, you have a complete mismatch in the ring. It’s going to be a long day for the Russian on enemy soil.

Joshua remains unbeaten.

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