Joshua Prepared For 'Good Scrap;' Hopes to Stop Povetkin in 8th

By Keith Idec

Anthony Joshua is looking forward to responding ferociously when Alexander Povetkin inevitably tests him Saturday night.

Joshua said following an open workout Wednesday in London that he needs to “shut down” Povetkin early in their scheduled 12-round heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium.

If the big British superstar can do that and keep Povetkin from gaining confidence while challenging him in enemy territory, Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) is certain he can become the first opponent to knock out Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs).

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Not even Wladimir Klitschko, who dropped Povetkin four times, was able to knock out the former WBA heavyweight champion. Ukraine’s Klitschko (64-5, 53 KOs) topped Povetkin by unanimous decision in their 12-round heavyweight championship unification fight nearly five years ago in Moscow.

“Hopefully,” Joshua said, “[I can] take him down in round eight.”

However their fight unfolds, the 28-year-old Joshua is prepared for a difficult fight.

Russia’s Povetkin is 39, but he is an experienced ex-champion who can punch. He’s much smaller than Joshua, yet just dangerous enough to ruin Joshua’s championship reign.

“I’m focused,” Joshua said. “I’ve come to a stage now where I have a deep [will] and my heart’s big. In sparring, I’ve tested myself time and time again. My coaches wonder what I’m doing in sparring, so sometimes I tell them to hit me because I know how to throw punches. I know how to fight, but the question is what I can take when it comes back.

“So with Povetkin, I’m completely focused, but also focused on having a good scrap and don’t mind coming away with a black eye and a cut nose, because I want to give a bit to take a bit.”

Joshua’s fight against Povetkin, the mandatory challenger for his WBA title, will headline a Sky Sports Box Office show in the United Kingdom (£19.95). It’ll also be the main event for the streaming service DAZN’s inaugural boxing offering in the United States ($9.99 per month).

“Although I’m 39 right now, I feel like I’m 25,” Povetkin said Wednesday. “This is a very important fight for me and, of course, this will be one of my last chances to make an impact, and I will.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Laligalaliga on 09-22-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;19126400]Lmao.. again.. you hold Wilder to totally different standards than AJ!. Wilder accepted the fight for this year 2018!! Remember the WBA Random 24 hour deadline??? Which took AJ and Povetkin an additional two weeks after that fake deadline to…

Comment by 5000boxing on 09-21-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;19125838]I am done with all these insult games, the truth is we will never agree as far as this matter is concern. Since I was born I have never seen or heard of a fighter that sent a contract across…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 09-21-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;19125651]And why did he do that? Because he was trying to fight the guy who ko'd whyte.. which is AJ stupid! More fighters and fans agree with me way more than they do with you dummy! Lmao. AJ ducked Wilder..…

Comment by 5000boxing on 09-21-2018

[QUOTE=Laligalaliga;19124902]Whyte offered him a career pay, he ran away. What a coward.[/QUOTE] And why did he do that? Because he was trying to fight the guy who ko'd whyte.. which is AJ stupid! More fighters and fans agree with me…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 09-21-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;19124585]AJ is scared.. Whyte is a bum thats got beat by chisora and almost clipped by parker.. he is scared to fight breazeale, miller or Ortiz! But I would love Wilder vs Whyte. Breazeale is his mando..[/QUOTE] Whyte offered him…

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