Boxing specialist Dan Frost (@DannyBoyFrost) previews Saturday's unified Heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin and provides us with his best bets.
Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 22/09/18
- Time: Approx 9.45-10pm
- Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
- Channel: Sky Sports Box Office
This Saturday night, unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua will once again be taking his place in the ring at the national stadium of Wembley, where he'll be making the 6th defence of his IBF titles, along with the WBA ‘super', WBO & IBO titles.
Opposing him is highly rated contender and former ‘regular' WBA champion, Alexander Povetkin. A Fundamentally sound operator with a powerful left hook, the Russian has been on an impressive run of form, since his solitary loss to the great, Wladimir Klitschko. Having won 8 straight contests since that points loss 5 years ago to Klitschko in Moscow. A fighter who willingly never seems to give much away in terms of temperament, he'll certainly come to London with a huge desire to take what would be his final assault on a world title, and he'll be taking it with both hands.
Like Joshua, Povetkin is an Olympic Gold medallist, but one difference in that respect is the vast amount of experience he possess compared to the champion – who himself is still relatively a work in progress.
21 fights – 21 wins (20KOs)
Joe Parker, UD
35 fights – 34 wins (24KOs)/1 loss
David Price, KO5
At 39 years old, Povetkin is certainly in the twilight of his career. And knowing an opportunity like this won't happen again – should he lose, expect a spirited challenge. Povetkin has had fights where he's shown instances of vulnerabilities – especially last time out, being floored and rocked against David Price.
Standing at 6'2′ and with a huge amateur and pro experience to fall back on, Povetkin will be used to fighting the naturally bigger men that occupy the heavyweight division.
On paper, this is the 28 year old Joshua's biggest test since Klitschko last year. He and his trainer, Rob McKracken, will have trained tirelessly for the stern challenge that Povetkin will bring. Knowing a slip up will all but wipe out a potential unification with WBC counterpart, Deontay Wilder, next April.
Taking all that into account, best bet is for Joshua to patiently break down Povetkin and win by stoppage in rounds 9-12 9/2 (Sky bet)