ANTHONY JOSHUA VS. ALEXANDER POVETKIN PREVIEW
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
London, UK (September 21, 2018)– Promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing will present an exciting card of seven professional bouts at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom on Saturday evening, September 22, 2018, televised on United Kingdom Sky Boxing Office.
Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA Super versions of the world heavyweight title against 39-year-old Alexander Povetkin. Joshua, 21-0, 20 knockouts, Watford, United Kingdom, is more than a decade younger, and will have height and reach advantage over Povetkin, 34-1 with 24 knockouts, Chekhov, Russian Federation. Povetkin, a former WBA World Heavyweight titleholder, currently holds WBA and WBO regional heavyweight titles.
Similar to Wladimir Klitschko against Joshua, Povetkin remains at the top of his game, yet he is now too old for Joshua or wBC champ Deontay Wilder, who are younger, faster and in their prime. Povetkin will endure several knockdowns and will get stopped within 11 rounds in a scenario similar to Klitschko’s loss to Joshua. Four years earlier, the bout would have beenen more interesting. Povetkin could drop Joshua, but cannot overpower him in a long contest. Still, Povetkin has nothing to lose, and Joshua had better be careful.
Wembley Undercard Predictions
Luke Campbell Win Majority Decision 12 Yvan Mendy, Lightweights
12 round Rematch of 2015 split decision won by France’s Mendy over the 12-0 Campbell.
Lawrence Okolie KO 10 Matty Askin, Cruiserweights, BBB of C Cruiserweight Title Bout
Commonwealth British Empire Cruiserweight champ Okolie upset Luke Watkins in June.
Sergey Kuzmin KO 9 David Price, heavyweights
12-0 heavyweight prospect Kuzmin will win slugfest over Britain’s faded David Price.
Shakhram Giyasov Win 6 Julio Laguna, Welterweights (Rising Prospects Bout)
Uzbekistan 4-0 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist Giyasov versus 14-0 Nicaraguan Laguna.
Dana Zaxo Win 4 Tony Bilic, Light Heavyweights
2-0 London light heavyweight prospect Zaxo in awful matchup against 1-14 Croatian Bilic.
Chris Kongo Win 4 Petar Alexandrov, Welterweights
British amateur standout Kongo, who won over 70 of 90 amateur bouts is now 9-0 as a pro.
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