The_budweiser Posted July 25, 2018 Share Posted July 25, 2018 On September. 22, IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will return to the ring when he faces off with former heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin inside of the Wembley Stadium. While the fight itself, on paper at least, represents a decent enough matchup between two top ten heavyweights, the matchup is hard to look at without considering the backstory. For many fans in the sport of boxing, they are still reeling from the aftermath of all the talk about WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Joshua fighting sometime this year. Wilder is one of the most popularizing figures in the heavyweight division and to anyone who has been following him on social media, it's clear as day how much he loves to talk about fighting Joshua. We all know that Wilder and Joshua are not fighting this year. Of course, each side has their story. Wilder and his team (he is managed by Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon) believe fully that Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is the one who is trying to sway the fight from happening. Some point to the fact that Joshua vs. Povetkin will be featured on the DAZN streaming service for which Hearn has a $1 billion output deal. Joshua vs.. Povetkin is definitely a great way to kick off Hearn's partnership with DAZN, as, had Wilder been in play, talks would have instead turned to a possible pay-per-view showdown. Wilder has been fighting exclusively on SHOWTIME these past few years, and who knows his or his team's thoughts on showcasing on DAZN. Wilder has his own history with Povetkin too, as the two men were schedule to face off in May of 2016 inside of the Megasport Arena in Moscow, Russia in what was expected to be the 4th title defense for Wilder. That scheduled match never happened, as a week before the schedule fight it was reported that Povetkin had tested positive for the banned substance meldonium and the match was cancelled. So, it's not really a surprise that there is some backlash taking place because of Joshua facing Povetkin next. But that doesn't change the fact that this is actually one of the more interesting fights to make at heavyweight. Povetkin, for all his troubles, is a top ten heavyweight with a wealth of experience. The Russian fighter has a 34-1 record with 24 knockouts and his only loss to date was to then-lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in October of 2013. Everyone loves an underdog and Povetkin is certainly that heading into this fight. Boxing Betting is on the rise and if you are looking to win some cash, an Anthony Joshua KO is likely to return you winnings and if you pick the correct round the drinks could be on you. Povetkin is riding an eight-bout winning streak (Six by knockout) and is coming off of a wild, back-and-forth thriller that saw him stopped troubled contender David Price on March 31 of this year. That fight was on the undercard of Joshua's unanimous decision over Joseph Parker, who he captured the WBO title from. Povetkin also holds victories over Michael Perez, Hasim Rahman, Marco Huck, Chris Byrd, Johann Duhaupas, Mariusz Wach, Christian Hammer, and others. At 38 years old, Povetkin knows that this very well may be his last shot, so he has to be training as if this is his fight of a lifetime when he and Wilder face off inside of Wembley Stadium come September. So many times in the sport of boxing, you will see fans salivating for a huge mega fight to happen, only to see it get derailed because one of the opponents caught an unexpected loss. With Wilder likely to face off with once-beaten contender Dominic Breazeale late this year, both he and Joshua will have to deal with the obstacles in front of them before any talks of a dream heavyweight showdown continue. For Joshua's side, while it may not seem like it do to all the banter taking place, he actually has one of the most dangerous men at heavyweight in front of him. Let's just hope 'AJ' can stay focused through it all. By Chris Robinson Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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