Wilder Manager: Povetkin is Dangerous Fight For Joshua

Two years ago, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was scheduled to make a mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow, Russia.

Before the fight could come off, Povetkin tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and the contest was canceled.

Povetkin has found his way back, built himself up, and is now going to challenge WBA, IBO, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in the fall.


The only defeat on Povetkin's record came in 2013, at the hands of a prime Wladimir Klitschko - by way of twelve round decision.

Povetkin scored a brutal knockout over David Price back in March, as part of the undercard to Joshua's decision win over Joseph Parker in Cardiff.

Jay Deas, the co-manager and trainer for Wilder, is backing Joshua to win - but he doesn't rule out the possibility of Povetkin - an Olympic gold medal winner and former world champion - of securing the upset.

"Joshua should win the fight but he can't win the fight if he's not fully-focused and if there are any distractions or a bad camp or he's looking ahead to anything," Deas said to Daily Mail.

"Povetkin is a tremendous fighter, he has a fantastic left hook. Dillian Whyte hit Joshua and he has a tremendous left hook as well... the question is whether Povetkin has aged a bit or whether he still has it in him to pull out a great fight. That's going to be the question and so we will see. It's a very interesting fight and a dangerous fight."

Wilder and Joshua were negotiating for months to face each other this year. The contest fell apart a few days ago, when the WBA gave Joshua 24 hours to reach an agreement with the mandatory challenger, Povetkin.

Deas is very disappointed with Joshua's decision to go in another direction.

"I'm the kind of person who thinks that when you get a huge opportunity, you take it because you never know. Paul Williams was set to fight Canelo Alvarez for his biggest payday and got in a car wreck and of course that fight never happened and Paul never fought again," Deas said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jimmy gold on 06-29-2018

Yup that’s exactly why wilder and his team ducked him but fought a old fat Ortiz cause he was less of a threat lol buuuuuummmm squuuuuaaaad

Comment by theface07 on 06-28-2018

The sad thing is for Wilder, even if Hearn is responsible for freezing the negotiations for him against Joshua, Wilder is going to end up fighting a Joshua leftover in Breazeale which does nothing for him seeing that he wins…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 06-28-2018

This is a tough fight, they'll keep AJ from Wilder as long as they can get away with doing it.

Comment by Boksfan on 06-28-2018

Donkey Wilder would know how dangerous Povetkin is, he ran from him back to Alabama :lol1:

Comment by Ray* on 06-28-2018

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;18897895]just letting you know...but I know you already knew....but you wanted to be cute and use the mayweather/Oscar fight to try and tell u what wilder "should have done"...even though both were advised by uncle al[/QUOTE] So his adviser…

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