Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin in another big heavyweight accident, and it’s almost over. The Russian is the mandatory challenger to Joshua’s WBA title and the British will also defend their WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO belts when the two fighters meet in London.
When is it?
Saturday, September 22, 2018, that is to say this weekend.
Where is it?
Wembley Stadium (London). Joshua fought for the last time at Wembley when he arrested Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017.
Which TV channel will be on?
The fight will be shown live at Sky Sports Box Office.
You can find more information on how to book and broadcast the live fight here.
For EE readers. US: will also be broadcast on the DAZN broadcast platform as part of the US debut of the service.
At what time is the fight likely to begin?
As always, it depends to a large extent on how the night of combat progresses, but the tour should begin around 22 hours. with the fight starts later.
How can I get tickets?
Tickets went on sale in July and are almost sold out. “There will be 80,000 in the night,” said Eddie Hearn, a week ahead. “We had made 70,000 a month ago, he was slower than Klitschko and (Joseph) Parker.”
Who is Povetkin?
Povetkin, 38, was WBA champion between 2011 and 2013 and is now the mandatory challenger to the WBA, meaning Joshua must fight him or face the loot of his title.
Povetkin eliminated David Price on the Joshua / Joseph Parker undercard in Cardiff and suffered a single loss since his professional debut in 2005, losing unanimously the decision made by Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow in 2013.
Have you already met?
Yes, in fact, it will be a meeting of two former Olympic champions. Povetkin won the super heavy gold medal at the Athens Games in 2004 and Joshua at the same time in London in 2012.
What about Wilder’s fight?
Fighting Povetkin now means that Joshua will have more freedom to select his next opponent, probably Deontay Wilder.
As mentioned above, Joshua has three of the four major world titles: IBF, WBA and WBO, Wilder’s WBC belt, the only thing separating him as the undisputed heavyweight champion. The most recent boxer to claim this honor was Lennox Lewis in 2000.
Joshua fights Povetkin as a mandatory fight, but Wilder is the opponent he wants. However, if Povetkin defeated Joshua, the unification debate could change. Only time will tell. Both parties say they want this to happen. This is not happening this year.
What do you say?
“I can not wait to get back into the ring a long time ago, I feel that a long time ago. Povetkin is a serious challenge that will prepare me carefully. He has a serious pedigree and only a fool underestimate what he brings to the table.
“He is at the height of man is the struggle of man. He fought people like me all his life. It is used for tall men. He knows how to slip and punch, so I have to be sure to give him no space. It’s not size that counts, it’s what’s willing and decided. “