Anthony Joshua will fight Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin on Saturday 22nd September at Wembley for the WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World titles.
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Anthony Joshua will fight Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin on Saturday 22nd September at Wembley for the WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight World titles. Tickets for Anthony Joshua Vs Alexander Povetkin went on sale at 9am on Monday 23 July. We didn't meet Russia in the football World Cup this year, let's hope for a victory tonight at the stadium, home of the England team!
You may remember AJ's previous boxing match at Wembley and a documentary that was broadcast last year on BBC 1 titled Anthony Joshua: The Road to Klitschko, where the IBF World Heavyweight Champion dropped into Finchley & District Amateur Boxing Club (ABC for short) in Barnet, North London UK ahead of his big fight to have a catch-up with his first ever boxing coach, Sean Murphy. He thanked him with a surprise gift of a brand new personalised BMW M6 car. Anthony was grateful to Sean and his the boxing gym as he admitted he didn't know where he would be now without boxing in his life.
"This is where I learnt discipline, this is where you have to forget your ego and listen to instructions if you want to achieve something." - Anthony Joshua
Junior Witter aka 'The Hitter'
Back in August, I caught up with my friend Junior Witter (WBC World Champion, 2 weight British Champion, Commonwealth and European Champ) when he was on a family visit to London. I asked him how he got into boxing and how the sport had changed. He's also given us his match predictions for tonight! Watch his Q&As here;
Junior Witter aka The Hitter is pictured here at his new boxing club, appropriately titled 'Witter's Boxing Club' with the initials spelling WBC. Junior's match predictions for this evening are AJ to win with Povetkin being KO-ed inside 5 rounds!
What Provetkin lacks in height against AJ, he makes up in experience with a sharp left hook. Joshua has power but this won't be an easy fight on the road to Deontay Wilder.
For the boxing novice;
Q.) What do all the abbreviations of the title belts stand for?
A.) World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Council and International Boxing Organisation
Q.) Why so many belts?
A.) Because in boxing there are four governing bodies WBA, IBF, WBO & WBC..not one like FIFA in football. No one has ever held all four titles before, if Joshua fights Deontay Wilder who is the current WBC Heavyweight Champion and wins the match, he will make history! I think it's fair to say that we all wanted to see the two to meet for this September's fight however the rivals are yet to set a date unless contracts are signed but the speculation is negotiations have not be agreed.
22/09/2018 1:30pm; Deontay Wilder Vs Tyson Fury has been confirmed for 1st December 2018. Contracts have been signed and the fight is expected to take place in the USA.
22/09/2018 10:53pm; Anthony Joshua who was troubled by Alexander in earlier rounds with a barrage of attacks, retained his titles tonight and took Povetkin out in the 7th round with a jab, left hook and straight right combination leaving his opponent unsteady on the ropes which left the referee no option but to step in as the russian was virtually KOed. In AJ's speech of thanks that followed, he announced that his next match will take place at Wembley on the 13th April 2019. He asked the fans "Who would you like to see me fight?". Many shouted "Wilder". This appeared the most popular choice with Fury following a close second on Twitter when AJ ran a poll.