WBA, WBO, and IBF world heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua isn’t at all looking past Alexander Povetkin, the WBA mandatory challenger he’ll meet on September 22 at Wembley Stadium, despite the fact that many fans and media members continue to focus on a potential Joshua fight with Deontay Wilder next year.
Joshua (21-0, 20 KO) says he’s very aware of the threat Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO) brings:
“In terms of that performance [against David Price], you can see he knows how to knock someone out. He’s got a great left hook. Triple left hook sometimes, he throws. So basically he showed that he knows how to knock someone out. I showed [against Joseph Parker] that I know how to go 12 rounds.”
Joshua, of course, is quite wise to not overlook Povetkin, a dangerous challenger and by most rankings the No. 3 heavyweight in the world. Povetkin has only lost to a prime Wladimir Klitschko as a professional, was a standout amateur, and has had a very good pro career. He’s dangerous against anyone, and that includes Joshua.