Check out the third round of Alexander Povetkins’ last fight, against David Price, I believe that will serve you well with most of what you need to know about the Russian, in context of his fight with Anthony Joshua.
You will see a man whose activity, whose “bounciness,” whose legs, look like he’s not 39. Povetkin doesn’t come off like a guy who acts his age, he looks like he’s light on his feet, and he’s pivoting and turning and getting angles and makig himself fairly hard to hit. He won’t be too easy to hit early on Saturday at Wembley.
Then, also, he’s got a bit of pop. The 34-1 hitter drops Pricey with a left hook, as Price had stepped back a measure to gain punching range. The Russian also exhibited decent hand speed with a looping right hand that Rob McCracken will have AJ aware of.
Then, also, the chin of Povetkin…He ate a Price left hook himself while he was where he thought he was safe, after taking a step back to collect himself. It was counted as knockdown, because the ropes saved him, the ref said, from hitting the deck, in that March square-off.
But really, that third, it’s all in there, what you saw there should be the stories of the fight which will see Joshua go to 22-0, against the second best boxer he’s faced as a pro.
NOTE: I’m in London, and will have coverage from the weigh in, the fight night, and the post fight, for the record.
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