By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA has not been adventurous and aggressive in his past two fights – and the pressure might be on for the British boxing star to excite tonight.
The WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion held back in wins over Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker after a dramatic victory last year over Wladimir Klitschko.
They were not snoozefests but they didn’t live up to the hype, and it will be interesting to see if he is more adventurous against Alexander Povetkin.
This time, Joshua has failed to sell out Wembley, while some of his sponsors and partners are giving away tickets.
Maybe fans are hoping to see more excitement from the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist or are frustrated that he is not facing WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
This is not an easy fight for him tonight, even though at 39, Povetkin is far from a youngster. The Russian has a good chin and packs a punch himself.
How will Joshua approach the fight?
There is no doubting he has the power to put people away, as we have seen throughout his career so far.
But it took 10 rounds to stop Takam on his feet, while the scorecards were needed to beat Parker – so will he take more risks in this one?
Joshua will win the fight but it won't be easy for him, says Warren
The bookies have him as a heavy favourite and I think they will be right. There might be some scares for Joshua, but he should come through this with a win.
Last weekend, Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez delivered a breathtaking fight in Las Vegas.
That really was the perfect example of what happens when two of the finest fighters in the world face each other.
I thought Golovkin should have got the nod on the cards but you can’t complain too much about Alvarez getting the decision as it was such a close fight.