JOSHUA v POVETKIN
Saturday September 22. Heavyweight title fight. Wembley Stadium. Live on Sky Box office
ANTHONY JOSHUA has hammered his way through the heavy division in some style, with youth and sheer physical presence on his side coupled with a calm and focused temperament far beyond his years.
The egregious and childlike Deontay Wilder and the comedy roadshow that is Tyson Fury both want a piece of the low-key Londoner before he becomes the finished article but a surly Russian stands in everyone's way.
Saturday night sees a clash between Joshua and Povetkin and despite the 1-9 forgone conclusion available on a Joshua win I don't think it will go all his way at all.
Joshua's camp are already looking past the hardy Russian to an April clash with Wilder. This is a big mistake. It is extremely likely Joshua will win this despite a seemingly unhappy training camp during the build-up.
It's his seventh world title fight and he is the one with everything to lose. Povetkin is like the Terminator and doesn't seem to know when he's beaten even when knocked down.
I think this will wobble Joshua and at the very least we will see the fight go all the way. The 3-1 on the fight to go to the cards is pretty generous and worth a bet.
- Will the fight go the distance YES (3-1, Betfair)