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It’s the battle of two Olympic gold medallists with England’s unbeaten Anthony Joshua defending his heavyweight title belts against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in London. Join The Roar for round-by-round updates and debate in our live blog from 7am (AEST).
Joshua won the super-heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics before turning pro. Since then he’s had 20 KO victories in 21 fights, picking up the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles along the way.
He’s a devastating puncher, with his typical bouts lasting just over three rounds. The only time he went the distance was against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in his last bout, with the three judges each giving him a comfortable points decision.
Povetkin won the super-heavyweight gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Since then he’s won 34 of his 35 fights, 24 by KO.
His only loss was against legendary Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko on points in 2013. Klitschko is the only man who has ever been able to knock the tough Russian down.
Joshua is the heavy favourite leading into this bout. He’s 11 years younger than his opponent and will have a significant height and reach advantage.
After having his 20-fight KO streak ended in his last bout, he’ll be keen to make a statement against Povetkin in front of his home fans.
A win in this bout could set him up for a mega payday next year against America’s WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0) or fellow countryman Tyson Fury (27-0) to unify the heavyweight division.
Wilder and Fury are expected to hold a press conference next week to announce a December bout, where Wilder’s WBC belt will be on the line.
Time: From 5:30am (AEST), Sunday 23 September
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
TV: Live, Main Event
Fight Records: Joshua 21-0, Povetkin 34-1
Betting: Joshua $1.08, Povetkin $6.50