September has already proved to be a great month for boxing fans and it’s set for another huge fight this weekend as Britain’s leading light Anthony Joshua returns to Wembley to face Alexander Povetkin.
After a magnificent middleweight meeting was served up by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas, the focus next switches to the big men in London.
In what could prove to be another dramatic heavyweight blockbuster, ‘AJ’ is aiming to add mandatory Russian challenger Povetkin to his long list of knockout victims in front of another massive capital crowd.
In the current Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin betting from William Hill, it’s the reigning and defending heavyweight champion who will enter the ring as the favourite to prevail once again on UK soil.
The Watford-born fighter, who boasts all of the WBA ‘Super’, IBF and WBO straps around his sizeable waist, is now unbeaten in 21 professional ring outings since leaving his successful amateur career behind him.
Following on from that 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning showing in London, Joshua rallied to a world heavyweight title in only his 16th bout in the paid ranks, comfortably dispatching unthreatening American Charles Martin in just two rounds.
Since that famous victory at the O2 Arena, ‘AJ’ has gone from strength to strength, rallying to arguably the best heavyweight in the world and adding many top names to his ever-growing resume, all the while bringing huge exposure to the sport in the UK and making millions in the process.
Povetkin poses genuine threat
Now a global brand, Joshua can’t afford any slip-ups against Povetkin this weekend, in a clash which represents a potential banana skin for him.
There a host of even more prosperous heavyweight blockbusters on the horizon for the UK’s main man in the sport, with American Deontay Wilder and compatriot and long-standing rival Tyson Fury being likely future opponents.
Both Wilder and Fury are reportedly ready to square off in Las Vegas later this year in a high-profile encounter which Joshua will be keeping a very keen eye on for sure, as the winner will likely set up an even grander heavyweight unification showdown with him in 2019.
But before even thinking of a long-mooted domestic dust-up with Fury or finally going toe-to-toe with the brash-talking WBC titlist Wilder, ‘AJ’ first must deal with the threat posed by Povetkin.
Return to Wembley for ‘AJ’
It will be a welcomed return to Wembley for that latest title defence for the hugely popular Briton, the scene of undoubtedly the defining night and victory of his already glowing career against Wladimir Klitschko.
When the opening bell sounds on Saturday night it will have been over a year since that incredible night at Wembley against the legendary and previously dominant Ukrainian ‘Dr Steelhammer’, but it will also be a different type of threat standing in the other corner.
Povetkin is a dangerous, stocky puncher, proven by his eventual destruction of Liverpool’s David Price earlier this year, and any loss of concentration could spell disaster for Joshua.
Although, his tag as the massive frontrunner to triumph yet again at Wembley is rightfully deserved, and Joshua should be more than capable of overcoming the Russian to put himself in line for further big-name match-ups next year.