Anthony Joshua Seeks 22nd Title In Match Between Him & Povetkin 


British-born Nigerian, Anthony Joshua returns to the Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday night, on 22nd of September, putting his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA titles on the line against Russian WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

The fight, will be broadcast in over 160 countries and is an attempt by Joshua to retain his titles while Povetkin seeks to return to the top of the category.

The fight has a reported £26m purse with Joshua expected to take home up to £20m while Povetkin will receive £6m.

Povetkin, 39, who has lost only once in 35 fights, is a 2004 Athens Olympics gold medallist. He has won 24 of his fights by knockouts while 10 have ended in his favour by unanimous decisions. His only loss came against Vladimir Klitschko in 2013.

Joshua, who is undefeated in 21 fights – 20 of which he won through knockouts, added the WBO world heavyweight title to his collection when he beat Joseph Parker by unanimous decision in March at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

According to Boxing Scene, Saturday’s fight will satisfy the mandatory WBO title defence since Povetkin was ranked as number one  by both WBO and WBA. The bodies also agreed that Joshua would be named the super champion should he defeat Povetkin.

Meanwhile, Joshua was over a stone-and-a-half heavier than  Povetkin as they weighed in for their  fight at Wembley on Friday, Skysports reports.

The unified champion weighed four pounds more than for his last title fight against Joseph Parker, tipping the scales at 17st 8lbs 5oz, with Povetkin coming in at 15st 12lbs, one stone and 10 pounds lighter.

Povetkin  said after  the weigh-in he was not bothered by the development.

“It’s a very comfortable and good weight for me, I feel great,” Skysports quoted him as saying via a translator.

“I didn’t see anything in his (Joshua’s) eyes. I have prepared for speed and power.

“I’m very calm, I feel no pressure and am very happy about this fight taking place so soon.

“It’s very pleasant for me to see fans of mine here in England rooting for me. I don’t make predictions, it will be an interesting and thrilling fight.”

Despite the weight advantage,  oshua insists he is agile enough to bring up his 22nd professional victory.

“He’s going to be quick, going to be fast, so I’ll put on my dancing shoes and be fast with my feet,” Joshua told Skysports.

“I’m a physical, strong guy, who knows how to box.”

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