Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin Betting Offers & Betting Tips – 22nd September 2018
Anthony Joshua is the undoubted number one name in heavyweight boxing currently.
You would think that means the British fighter is able to pick and choose his opponents as he looks to extend his 21-fight unbeaten run. There is far too much politics involved at the top level of boxing for things to go smoothly though.
Case in point, Joshua’s fight against Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night.
Can Povetkin Frustrate Joshua’s Desire to Put on a Show?
After beating Joseph Parker to add the WBO heavyweight title to the WBA, IBF and IBO belts he already held, Joshua’s camp entered deep into discussions with Deontay Wilder about a potential super fight.
Hopes were high that a deal to set up a heavyweight unification fight was just around the corner before they abruptly ended. That the two fighters were unable to agree on terms is a real shame for boxing fans but it was the best news possible for Alexander Povetkin.
The Russian fighter had become the mandatory challenger for the WBA and WBO belts thanks to his win over David Price (a fight which was on the undercard of Joshua v Parker). He didn’t expect to get his chance so soon but will have no problems taking his opportunity.
A similar thing happened in 2013 when he became the mandatory challenger to Wladimir Klitschko. They came to a deal which was very beneficial to both fighters for them to fight in Moscow.
Klitschko inflicted the first and only defeat of Povetkin’s career that night. Although Povetkin displayed a good chin when going the distance, it was a fairly drab fight and Joshua has announced that he is targeting something very different.
The British fighter wants to put on a show for those with tickets to Wembley Stadium and all of those who purchase the on pay-pre-view. Joshua has become a more patient boxer with every bout but there is no doubt that he absolutely loves to fight.
As well as a desire to entertain, Joshua also wants to send out a message to those gunning for him including Wilder and fellow Brit, Tyson Fury. We have no doubt he’ll get the job done but aren’t so sure he will get the early knockout he desires as Povetkin is an incredibly tough competitor.
Joshua to Wear Povetkin Down
There are many differences between these two fighters, not least physically.
Joshua is bigger, heavier and significantly younger. At 28, Joshua is approaching the peak of his powers as a boxer while the 39-year-old Povetkin is very much approaching the closing stages of his career.
Povetkin’s toughness and solid chin should see him through the first few rounds but eventually, Joshua is sure to wear him down and secure yet another knockout victory. That leads us to a few options in our Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin betting tips.
Although there is no point backing Joshua to win at a general 1/9, it makes perfect sense to bet on the favourite winning via knockout, technical knockout or disqualification at 2/5 with Betfred.
Perhaps the best way to capitalise on the toughness of the underdog is by betting on over 8.5 rounds at 6/5 with Boylesports.
Finally, for those looking for a healthy return from even a small bet, consider taking the 14/1 that William Hill are quoting on Joshua winning in the ninth round.