Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin fight

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin Fight Preview

Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua takes on power punching Alexander Povetkin in a battle of heavyweight titans which will be an unforgettable night for you and your important guests. Technical wizard Anthony ‘AJ’ Joshua is known for his perfect punching form, nimble movement and insane power; while Russian challenger Alexander Povetkin carries one of the hardest right hands on Earth, and poses a threat to anyone who stands in a ring with him.

To get a sense of how good AJ really is, here’s a quick reminder of his 2017 slaying of former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.

Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko, Wembley Stadium, April 2017

With three world titles on the line, Anthony Joshua stepped into the Wembley Stadium ring in front of an all-time record attendance for the stadium.

His opponent, forty-one year old Ukrainian Klitschko, arrived in the ring minutes later. He walked out, as he always has done, to the trademark sound of ‘Can’t Stop’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. ‘Can’t Stop’ was also his mission objective for the night – he was there to prove he was the king of the heavyweights, and all challengers are to be eliminated.

Joshua had other ideas.

The Englishman left victorious, after an eleventh round technical knockout of the long-time ruler of the division. He made the short trip home to Watford that night with three belts around his waist – the IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) world championship belts.

Klitschko’s ability to keep up with the next generation of heavyweights had been brought to question, having lost decisively to Tyson Fury in his previous bout. Fury’s unorthodox style posed very different threats to Klitschko than Joshua’s textbook-accurate boxing – with AJ’s style almost mirroring that of Wald.

The first few rounds were as edge-of-your-seat exciting as a world championship boxing match should be. Both fighters looked confident of their ability to win but were also cautious of the speed and power of their opponent. Who can blame them? Heavyweight boxing is a dangerous game; both men have knocked out the majority of their opponents and are well aware of the 0 to 100 explosive power standing opposite them.

The first round was the most cautious. Neither man wanted to risk an embarrassing early exit by coming in too hard and leaving himself open for counter attacks. Both were also keen to get readings of their opponent, world titles are won and lost in the detail, so the early rounds had a little more technique than raw boxing action. This early studying of Klitschko’s movements are where AJ won it, and used them to finish the job off in the eleventh.

Klitschko was the first to land a knockdown. A quick, short jab followed by a straight right that landed flush to AJ’s chin and sent the Brit to the canvas in the sixth round. Anthony Joshua was still awake as he was knocked down, quickly recovered to an eight count and gained an aggression not seen prior to losing his footing.

However, this aggression was lost again by round number seven, letting Klitschko take control of a couple of close rounds, and forcing AJ’s corner to demand more from their man. Joshua was tiring and hadn’t found his second wind, and he wouldn’t until the tenth – it was a damage limitation job for the time being.

As the half hour mark loomed, Anthony Joshua began to move on the front foot more. His energy was back, there was fire is his eyes and hunger in his belly. He stopped giving Wladimir Klitschko even a second of breathing time, as the Ukrainian does his best work moving forward in the open. From there on out, scrappy and dangerous was the recipe for AJ’s success, with his corner constantly calling out for more action.

Finally, the enormous power of Englishman Joshua found its mark. The iron chin of Klitschko was put to the test as Joshua swung both hands furiously. The tough Ukrainian was wobbled in the middle of the canvas by a vicious uppercut, and AJ followed up with more shots as Wladimir “Dr Steelhammer” Klitschko made his way to the canvas in Joshua’s corner.

Klitschko took the eight-count well, but hadn’t full reset himself, taking a further barrage in the form of a beautifully opportunistic combination from Anthony Joshua, with the final left hook stiffening Klitschko for a second count in the same round.

With Klitschko somehow recovering again, Joshua needed to get even scrappier to win, pressuring Wladimir Klitschko into his own corner and beating him up with hooks and uppercuts, before referee Dave Fields stepped in to save the Ukrainian from any more damage.

Anthony Joshua takes on Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium for the IBF, IBO, WBA (Super) and WBO world championship titles. Our luxury packages include tickets with excellent views of Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin from premium seating.


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