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Anthony Joshua heads back to Wembley Stadium for his latest defence of his world heavyweight titles, and providing the opposition at the home of English football on September 22 will be a former world champion who has suffered just one professional defeat in his career and has never been knocked out, Alexander Povetkin.

‘The White Lion’ has just completed 13 years as a professional boxer and in that time he has reached the mountain top in the heavyweight division, claiming the WBA (Regular) heavyweight title with a unanimous decision win over Ruslan Chagaev back in August 2011. He lost that belt just over two years later when he suffered his first – and only – defeat of his career, dropping a decision to Wladimir Klitschko, but since then he has won eight straight fights to get back into title contention.

There have been a couple of failed drugs test in recent years that have left a dark cloud hanging over Povetkin, but the Russian now has his shot at becoming world heavyweight champion for the second time in his career when he faces Joshua in front of around 90,000 fans on September 22. The question is, can the 38-year-old Russian do what 21 other men have failed to do so far and beat Joshua in a professional boxing ring? He will fancy his chances, but Joshua has vowed to win in style.

“Parker survived [in March],” Joshua told Sky Sports News. “No disrespect to him, but he went onto the back foot. I boxed cleverly because I thought I was fighting Deontay Wilder next so I didn't get involved. Now, I've had time to reflect on my performance and I think I'll go back to the old me. No worries about who is next – I'll go guns blazing.”

But how much of those comments are intent and how much are hype to sell a pay-per-view and enough tickets to draw another huge crowd to Wembley Stadium?

Getting into a slugfest with a 35-fight veteran that boasts a 69% knockout ratio and has never been knocked out would be reckless and we do know that AJ can be rocked. Povetkin throws powerful left-hooks and overhand rights – a combination that he used to take out David Price in March – and those are shots that Joshua has been open to as well. It only takes one big shot in heavyweight boxing to change everything and the champion knows that.

However, he showcased maturity and discipline as he successfully negotiated his first 12-round fight back in March, and with bigger bouts on the horizon I expect him to fight smart again here. AJ boasts a massive height and reach advantage in this one, so if he is clever he will use those advantages to full effect to keep Povetkin at range and limit the Russian’s chances of landing a big shot that could result in an upset.

I expect Joshua to take no unnecessary risks, he will work over the challenger and dispatch him in clinical fashion to take his perfect professional record to 22-0 with 21 stoppage wins. Povetkin has not been stopped in his career, but he was rocked by Price back in March, with only the ropes preventing him from hitting the canvas, and he has been dropped previously. The ‘White Lion’ was able to recover and fight on on those occasions, but when Joshua drops him at Wembley it will be all over. 

EXPERT ANTHONY JOSHUA v ALEXANDER POVETKIN PREDICTIONS

Heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte on talkSPORT...

‘“I believe he destroys Povetkin to be honest. Povetkin has a puncher’s chance, but apart from that not much to be honest. I think right now Anthony Joshua’s far surpassed where Povetkin’s ever been. At the age he is now, he’s 39, and the fights he’s had. It’s a young man’s game boxing and I think Anthony Joshua is mentally in a different place and he’s still evolving. I think Povetkin’s plateaued out and Joshua will be too hungry and too ferocious for him. I’m going to have a bet [on AJ to win] in the first six rounds, I think Povetkin will walk onto punches.”

Ex-cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew on talkSPORT…

“Joshua has proved he can navigate his way through a 12-round fight without any hiccups. [He] will resume normal service against Povetkin, return to being the guy who goes in there looking for the knockout. He’s the guy who goes in there and takes the gamble looking for the knockout. No one wants to see a 12-round match, two fighters playing chess – they turn up to see blood, guts and someone going to sleep. I think he’ll absolutely obliterate him and smash him in three or four rounds at most.”

Former light-welterweight champion Amir Khan on ES News…

“Povetkin is a good fighter and he was at the same Olympics as me – he's an Olympic gold medallist. We've known him since then and he's a tough guy. It's a good fight, but I think Joshua has got his number. He's got the height, the size and he's at home, comfortable. I think he's going to win that fight quite easy.”

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin Betting Odds

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Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin Tale Of The Tape

Anthony Joshua's next defence of his world heavyweight titles will come on September 22 when the British star returns to Wembley Stadium to take on Alexander Povetkin.

Joshua successfully defended his WBA (Super), IBF and IBO crowns and claimed the WBO title when he beat Joseph Parker via unanimous decision back in March, and the 28-year-old will now defend all of those belts on another huge night at the home of English football on September 22.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring, the end of March feels a long time ago now,” Joshua said. “Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table. 

“Training hasn’t stopped for me, but the next 10 weeks ahead will be intense both mentally and physically. I will push myself to breaking point to make sure I am in peak condition for another huge night for British boxing at Wembley Stadium on September 22.”

Povetkin represents a tough challenge for the champion. He held the WBA belt for just over two years and has suffered one defeat in 35 professional outings - unanimous decision defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 that ended his time as a world champion.

But can he really end Joshua's reign over the heavyweight division? We look at how the two fighters stack up with the Tale of the tape for the world title showdown on September 22...

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin Stats

Anthony JoshuaAlexander Povetkin
21Fights35
21 (20 KOs)Wins34 (24 KOs)
0Losses1
95%KO%69%
77Total Rounds224
6' 6"Height6' 2"
82"Reach75"
OrthodoxStanceOrthodox
28Age38
Current WBA (Super),
IBF, WBO & IBO
heavyweight champion.
World TitlesFormer WBA
heavyweight champion.

Anthony Joshua's Last 10 Fights

DateOpponentResult
March 31, 2018Joseph ParkerWin - Unanimous Decision
October 28, 2017Carlos TakamWin - TKO Rd 10
April 29, 2017Wladimir KlitschkoWin - TKO Rd 11
December 10, 2016Eric MolinaWin - TKO Rd 3
June 25, 2017Dominic BreazealeWin - TKO Rd 7
April 9, 2016Charles MartinWin - KO Rd 2
December 12, 2015Dillian WhyteWin - KO Rd 7
September 12, 2015Gary CornishWin - TKO Rd 1
May 30, 2015Kevin JohnsonWin - TKO Rd 2
May 9, 2015Raphael Zumbano LoveWin - TKO Rd 2

Alexander Povetkin's Last 10 Fights

DateOpponentResult
March 31, 2018David PriceWin - KO Rd 5
December 15, 2017Christian HammerWin - Unanimous Decision
July 1, 2017Andriy RudenkoWin - Unanimous Decision
December 17, 2017Johann DuhaupasWin - KO Rd 6
November 4, 2015Mariusz WachWin - TKO Rd 12
May 22, 2015Mike PerezWin - TKO Rd 1
October 24, 2014Carlos TakamWin - KO Rd 10
May 30, 2014Manuel CharrWin - KO Rd 7
October 5, 2013Wladimir KlitschkoLost - Unanimous Decision
May 17, 2013Andrzej WawrzykWin - TKO Rd 3

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BOXING BETTING TIPS GUIDE: HOW TO BET ON JOSHUA v POVETKIN

Boxing continues to be a popular sport to bet on and that is because the bookmakers offer no shortage of markets for every major fight as well as big domestic bust-ups. This wide selection of markets gives you the chance to make a healthy profit when betting on boxing, and here are some of the Bettingpro.com’s favourite boxing betting markets, using the Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin world heavyweight title fight as an example…

Method Of Victory

This market is simple – you pick the winner of the fight and how they will win it. By adding the method of victory on to simply backing a fighter, you give the price a nice shot in the arm. Joshua is as short as 1/16 to win this fight, but having stopped 20 of his previous 21 opponents you may like his chances of stopping Povetkin too. Now, odds of 2/5 are not particularly appealing, but you can see from this example that betting on a fighter’s method of victory can give his odds a healthy boost. And when it comes to bouts that are much closer to call, this market offers a great way to make a tidy profit. 

Total Rounds

The Total Rounds market gives punters the chance to bet on how many rounds the fight will or will not last. So, for example, if you believe Joshua will win in the last four rounds you could back Over 8.5 Total Rounds at 11/10, and this bet would still be a winner even if Povetkin won the fight as long as the bout went at least eight-and-a-half rounds. Alternatively, you may like Joshua’s chances of taking out Parker inside eight rounds and Under 8.5 Total Rounds could be backed at 4/6. And just like the Overs, this bet would be a winner even if Povetkin won the fight, as long as he stopped Joshua in less than eight-and-a-half rounds. This market covers every round from 1.5 Total Rounds to 10.5 Total Rounds so there are plenty of options.

Round Betting

One of the most popular ways to bet on combat sports is to bet on which round the fight will finish, and this market covers every single round in the fight. The odds can be quite lucrative too because you are pinpointing the ending of the bout down to just one round, so if you like Joshua for a 10th round stoppage you could get odds as big as 12/1, but if you believe Povetkin will get the nod from the judges after the full 12 rounds you could get a price as big as 28/1. If there is a market where you can make a big profit, it is this one.

Round Group Betting

But perhaps betting on a single round in a 12-round fight is not that appealing to you? If it is not, we highly recommend this boxing betting odds market because it lumps together multiple rounds and you can still get good odds. Some bookmakers will group together three rounds at a time, while others will simply split the fight in half to offer Rounds 1-6 and Rounds 7-12. When it comes to choosing a bookmaker it is simply down to how accurate you want to be with your prediction. In his most recent outings Joshua has gone into the second half of the fight so Rounds 7-9 could be tempting at 10/3, while you can get 9/2 on him winning in Rounds 10-12. There are many options and the bigger the grouping of rounds the shorter the odds will get, but even at the shortest price, you can still make a nice profit with a winning bet.

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