We were robbed of the chance to see England versus Russia at the World Cup this summer, but the two nations will meet in the boxing ring later this year as world heavyweight king Anthony Joshua makes the latest defense of his titles against Alexander Povetkin on September 22nd at Wembley Stadium.
Another sell-out is expected, with British fight fans clambering over each other to book a seat in the 90,000 capacity arena more known for football than fistic action. It has been a happy hunting ground for the towering 6ft 6inch Londoner in the past and bookmakers expect another straight-forward win when marking AJ up as favorite.
Paddy Power has a successful defense at no more than 1/14 in the current betting and that will force backers into the specials markets such as the method of victory or round betting. Thankfully, there’s plenty of new customers offers flying around and it may be a wise choice to avoid the outright and instead pick from the free bets available on the contest.
Anthony Joshua may have the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury nipping away at his heels, but it seems neither man is in a rush to fight the big-puncher with an alphabet of major titles already strapped around his waist. It’s little wonder, too, with Joshua boasting a 95% knockout average and record of 21 wins against no defeats and zero draws. He has gone the distance only once and that was when out-pointing New Zealand’s Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff back in March.
That was another test passed by Joshua and a workout that silenced critics who suggested he lacked the stamina to cover the championship rounds and would come unstuck if an opponent was able to take his power. Not only did Anthony prove the doubters wrong he did it in some style, winning 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 on the cards of the scoring judges that night. A second career points win has been written off at 4/1, the KO/TKO much more likely with 4/11 doing the rounds.
A trip to London didn’t faze Alexander Povetkin earlier this year when stopping David Price on the undercard of Joshua – Parker in five brutal rounds. It was a contest that made genuine fans turn away in disgust; Liverpudlian Price looking hard-matched and in real danger as he suffered yet another defeat inside the distance. That was his fifth career knockout loss and Povetkin’s 24th career knockout win from 35 outings.
Povetkin, also known as Russian Vityaz, moved his CV to 34-1-0 with that positive with his only reverse to date coming against Wladimir Klitschko on points way back in 2013. Alexander was never in danger of winning the fight at the Olimpiyskiy, Moscow five years ago but he did prove his chin, taking some decent shots – dropped four times – but he refused to stay down. That punch resistance will be called into question again at Wembley and traders offer a chunky 7/1 on the away day.
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