Anthony Joshua has revealed that he will not alter his aggressive style of fighting as he is set to make a return to the Wembley this Saturday, September 22, against a mandatory opponent, Alexander Povetkin.
The British-Nigerian boxer who will be defending his IBF, WBA and WBO belts in a world heavyweight title unification bout stressed that he plans to have some “fun” with Alexander Povetkin and be “aggressive”, unlike the Joshua-Parker tie that ended on points.
His contender, Russian-born Povetkin, held the WBA title from 2011 to 2013 and has an impressive 34 wins, 24 by knockout, in his 39 fights.
Povetkin beat David Price with a devastating blow that sent him plummeting to the canvas which made the referee to end the contest abruptly. Joshua, on the other hand, has suffered just one knockdown in his career during his crucial bout with Wladimir Klitschko, which is making him be wary of the power of his opponent’s punching prowess.Joshua Povetkin
All four of Joshua’s divisional belts will be on the line in London as he faces Povetkin, a mandatory challenger for the WBA title who had won Olympic gold in 2004.
Povetkin represents a fearsome challenge for Joshua having only tasted defeat once in his career.
“Go in there, and have fun – don’t be cautious because it’s ruining my aggressive style,” Joshua said when asked about his approach the fight on a DAZN conference call recently.
“Go out there and take out Povetkin, like I would do with any other opponent. Maybe I will box and keep it simple. Maybe I might keep a tight guard and go pound-for-pound, trade-for-trade.
“The reason I say that is because I’m versatile. I can keep it long or slug it out. It depends what I analyse from my opponent. I analyse them punch by punch and I switch up my style as the rounds go on,” Joshua added.
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