Povetkin power has Joshua on alert

19 July 2018 18:32:55 GMTPlus10

Anthony Joshua has admitted Alexander Povetkin's knockout ability is a cause for concern but says they won't stop him going in all guns blazing.

The undefeated WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion will put his belts on the line against the Russian challenger on 22nd September.

AJ is 1.10 to retain his title, while Povetkin is 7.00 to end his opponent's winning streak.

Joshua has already spoken about who he wants to fight after Povetkin as he eyes a unification bout with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, insisting he is supremely confident of collecting all the heavyweight belts.

However, the Olympic gold medallist is also aware of the threat posed by Povetkin, who has only lost once in his career, going down to Wladimir Klitschko via a unanimous decision five years ago.

The 38-year-old's record currently stands at 34-1 with 24 wins via knockout, including, most recently, a brutal stoppage victory over David Price on the undercard of Joshua's fight with Joseph Parker.

Joshua says the 6ft 2in challenger's power is not to be messed with but insists that will not prevent him going for the 21st KO of his 22 fight career.

"In terms of that performance, you can see he knows how to knock someone out," Joshua told Sky Sports.

"He's got a great left hook. Triple left hook sometimes, he throws. So basically he showed that he knows how to knock someone out. I showed that night that I know how to go 12 rounds [against Joseph Parker].

"Parker survived, no disrespect to him, but he went onto the back foot," he added.

"I boxed cleverly because I thought I was fighting Deontay Wilder next so I didn't get involved. Now, I've had time to reflect on my performance and I think I'll go back to the old me."

September's fight at Wembley is 1.25 not to go the distance.

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