Alexander Povetkin is the party-pooper intent on trashing the place that Anthony Joshua couldn’t avoid, writes James Dielhenn. From Russia with gloves, overlook this vicious challenger at your peril.
Joshua’s teeth were gnashing at the idea of fighting a big-punching knockout merchant with a ruthless streak and he’s certainly got his wish. It isn’t Deontay Wilder, at least not yet, which in itself makes the threat of Povetkin a serious operational risk. This is the first time that Joshua has been manoeuvred into an unsought after situation in his flawless career, and fighters will tell you that these occurrences are the most dangerous. Read more