Joshua will look to give a dominant performance to keep his spot at the top of the heavyweight division
This Saturday afternoon we’ll be treated to a heavyweight title fight between unified champion Anthony Joshua and former champion Alexander Povetkin. For Joshua this is a huge risk as he faces one of the better skilled fighters in the heavyweight division. Alexander Povetkin is a former Olympic Gold Medalist.
At 6’6” Joshua, has a significant height advantage. He also holds the advantage in age. He’s eleven years younger than the 39 year old Povetkin.
In his last outing, he defeated David Price by fourth-round KO after briefly being in trouble. Povetkin has a very good skill set, including a good jab and a good right hand. He’s also been in the ring with Wladimir Klitschko, Marco Huck, Eddie Chambers among others.
For him to be successful, he’s going to have to get on the inside of Joshua’s jab and work the body. He’ll also need to make Joshua fight at a fast pace, causing him to use more energy than he wants.
For Anthony Joshua to retain his title, he’s going to have be much better in this fight than he was against Joesph Parker. He needs to establish his jab to keep Povetkin at bay. He also needs to set up his tremendous body attack by feinting and throwing different variations of his jab. The left hook will be a key as well.
With all things being said, I’ll tip my hat to the champion to retain his title via a tough unanimous decision.
By: Jerrell Fletcher