Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin Betting Preview

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin Betting Preview

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua will put his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles on the line this Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, as he faces the challenge of the dangerous Alexander Povetkin.

This will be the Brit’s sixth title defence since defeating Charles Martin in April 2016 and he is the overwhelming favourite to come out on top, being priced with most bookmakers at 1/12 to win the fight.

As for Povetkin, he is the rank outsider in this one and remains somewhat unfancied by the bookies, who have him at 7/1 to leave as the unified champion of the world. However, it would be naive to underestimate the tough Russian, who has just one defeat on his résumé to date, that coming against Wladimir Klitschko in a points decision back in 2013.

Outside of Deontay Wilder, many believe Povetkin is the most difficult opponent out there for Joshua to face at this moment in time, but he will hope to add him to a list which includes Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker and Dillian Whyte on his list of defeated opponents.

Method of victory

Few are anticipating that Povetkin will be able to go the distance with Joshua, who is still undefeated in his 21-fight professional career – and there is good reason to believe it could end earlier. 20 of Joshua’s wins have come by KO/TKO and the 28-year-old is the much younger, fresher fighter with less tread on the tyres coming into this fight.

Povetkin is a steely competitor that hasn’t been put down early in his career, but even David Price was able to show that he has vulnerabilities after seriously shaking the Russian in their meeting on the Joshua vs Parker undercard in Cardiff. Most bookmakers have Joshua winning the fight by KO at 4/11, while a decision victory is around the 3/1 mark, meaning they are heavily leaning towards Joshua getting the job done within the distance.

Povetkin is fancied at 8/1 to get the KO he is after at Wembley and his punching power could see plenty back the Russian at such a price. He is not anticipated to outbox Joshua, being priced as high as 33/1 to win the fight on points if it goes the distance.

Round Betting

Given the Russian’s squat, awkward stature, it could take Joshua some time to really figure out how to attack his opponent. We have previously seen Carlos Takam give AJ issues on the offensive side of the fight, as he lasted until Round 10 before eventually losing their meeting almost 12 months ago.

As such, it could take the reigning champion at least half of the fight to really get up to speed, though his pedigree of finishing the job early has seen bookmakers side with an earlier finish.

SkyBet have him priced at 5/6 to win inside the first six rounds, with AJ wins in rounds 5, 6 and 7 all being set at 10/1. Those who fancy a Povetkin KO can get huge value of up to 100/1 for a KO in the either the first two or last two rounds.

Recommended bet:

Anthony Joshua to win in rounds 7-9 at 3/1 with Bet365 – BET HERE