What a couple of years its been in the heavyweight ranks in the World of Boxing.
From the trials and tribulations of linear champion Tyson Fury to the rise and rise of the unflappable Golden Boy Anthony Joshua, the charisma and crunching power of the undefeated unorthodox Deontay Wilder, to the final end of the Klitschko dominance and of course Tony Bellew, the fly in the ointment, not once but twice for David Haye.
With all these rises and falls and headline stories, Alexander Povetkin has had a successful career in the heavyweight ranks and has landed a mega fight and opportunity at the tender age of 39 against the Golden Boy of Boxing Anthony Joshua.
The Russian has only tasted defeat once, a decision defeat to a prime Vladimir Klitschko. An experience which will stand him in good stead here, given the reach and height disadvantage against the great unit that is Anthony Joshua.
Povetkin landed a crushing Knockout on David Price after a very taxing five rounds, a knockout which, the more I see, the more I wince and yet the first time I saw it I winced enormously!
It’s easy to make a case for Joshua being favourite. He’s undefeated; he’s knocked all of his professional opponents out bar Joseph Parker where he fought a cautious, tactical fight. He’s got a significant reach advantage, height advantage, youth and boasts a victory over the only man to beat Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko. All solid reasons, right? But yet, is he a 1/10 shot?
I am picking Povetkin to win this fight because I feel Joshua has been a bit flat since beating Klitschko, the night where he showed Champion-like qualities. I believe
Povetkin has a better than 8/1 chance of knocking out his man due to the extreme offensive qualities he possesses.
He has power in both hands, his weaving style should benefit him against a much bigger opponent and I think its the biggest test of the chin of Anthony Joshua, which I have small reservations about and at the odds I think it’s worth chancing the Povetkin KO, particularly for a value seeker such as myself!
I can see both fighters taking damage in this fight; I can see Joshua showing similar tactical nous that he displayed against Parker with slight hesitancy to trade with such a dangerous opponent and to box behind the jab. However, Joshua is younger, two stone heavier and has his sights set on the victor of Wilder vs Fury, he will want to send out a message come Saturday night- ideally with a KO.
Povetkin has a strong chin, despite being wobbled by Price (who can certainly bang) and the Russian has all the skills and traits to shock the Boxing and Sporting World as a whole with his business-like approach in and out of the ring and this could be just another huge story in heavyweight boxing where predictability isn’t the usual dish we get served anymore.