After a pulsating middleweight clash at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, all eyes now focus towards London’s Wembley Stadium as Anthony Joshua collides with Alexander Povetkin.
Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez recently delivered one of the biggest and best fights of the year so far, as the latter Mexican prevailed by majority decision over 12 captivating and closely contested rounds on American soil.
Fans haven’t had much time to recover from that thrilling 160 pounds encounter though, as they now switch attention to the heavyweight in London, where Britain’s leading light Joshua will aim to hog the headlines once again.
Returning to the scene of his most famous and historic victory over Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko back in April of last year, Wembley serves as a truly special venue for the Watford-born champion and he’ll look to give fans plenty more to cheer about upon his arrival back there this weekend.
Mandatory Russian challenger Povetkin poses a dangerous threat to ‘AJ’ in this latest English capital clash but the home favourite boasts a substantial size and reach advantage, something he’ll no doubt aim to capitalise on this Saturday night when the two face off.
‘AJ’ on course for Wilder or Fury clash
In the Joshua vs Povetkin betting markets from William Hill, the reigning and defending heavyweight titlist is an overwhelming front-runner for success, following up from an impressive unanimous decision triumph over New Zealander Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales.
At the Principality Stadium, another high-profile venue which he has made his home, Joshua was taken the distance for the first time in his short but sweet career, earning the nod of the ringside judges against the travelling Kiwi challenger to add the WBO belt to his collection.
With that being collected alongside his already owned WBA ‘Super’ and IBF straps, Joshua now looks to be the leading man in the sport’s heaviest division.
American Deontay Wilder may have a few brash words on that subject, as he currently possesses the prestigious WBC title and is reportedly set to go toe-to-toe with Joshua’s fellow countryman Tyson Fury at some stage in December this year.
That blockbuster bout would somewhat take the gloss off Joshua for a while and cause a backlash, with many fans questioning his willingness to actually get in the ring with Wilder for what would be arguably the biggest match-up that can be made in the sport.
Russian roulette for Joshua at Wembley
‘AJ’ has, of course, hit back at such claims ahead of his own encounter with Povetkin, suggesting he can’t possibly please everyone. But, if Wilder-Fury is to take place this year, Joshua will be as keen an observer as anyone else in boxing.
But before he can get ahead and think of a prosperous meeting with either Fury or Wilder, or even a mentioned rematch with compatriot and long-standing British rival Dillian Whyte, he must first deal with the imminent threat in front of him.
The clash with Povetkin provides Joshua with a Russian roulette situation, with any slip-up set to see him come crashing down at a pivotal moment in his career. But the mammoth heavyweight star looks set to add Povetkin to his ever-growing list of KO victims when the pair lock horns at Wembley this weekend.