So this going to be a quick one this week as unfortunately I think I am going to miss this big fight event due to some family commitments this weekend. Anyways! Instead of boring you any further with my personal life here are my thoughts and predictions on the Joshua vs Povetkin event this weekend. Joshua vs Povetkin
Joshua vs Povetkin
Anthony Joshua is coming into this fight after an extensive back and forth with Deontay Wilder as they tried to make their super fight happen. With Joshua reluctant to fight in the United States, it was never going to materialize (even with a potential $50 million on the table). So, we come to his big next challenge, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist in Alexander Povetkin – a scary foe to many that have faced him. This will no doubt be Povetkin’s own biggest challenge since his defeat to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013 and I’m expecting him to give Joshua a few wobbles in this fight, but nothing like what he did to David Price in his last bout. Going back to Joshua, I’m expecting a strong performance from him, he’s also very much used to fighting in this setting now (fully packed Stadiums) and I just feel this will give him another huge edge tonight. He’s coming up against another a very good fighter tonight however, who will be a danger to AJ and he will need to careful not to switch off at any moment. I’ll be surprised if their is KO tonight actually, as both fighter will be cautious of their power. Joshua UD
Luke Campbell vs Yvan Mendy
Campbell will have his chance to redeem himself as he faces Mendy again in another London fight bout. Luke for me has actually had a decent boxing career so far with a decent KO record which many forget to mention about him (15 KO in 20 fights). Things have changed a lot for Campbell recently, he’s moved back to the UK now and joined up with trainer Shane McGuigan after his defeat to Linares. In interviews, I’ve seen of him he looks a lot happier and less frustrated about who he will fight next and maybe the move back home closer to his family will help him. I’m still expecting a close fight and Mendy who is an experienced fighter who will cause Campbell problems throughout, he know’s he can beat him. With the bedding in with McGuigan starting to begin, I think he’ll still need couple more fights to really see big difference in him. Campbell UD
Matty Askin vs Lawrence Okolie
Now this is probably the fight most people are looking forward to in the undercard, as Okolie will try to take the British Crusierweight belt off Askin. For Okolie, his last two fights against Chamberlain and Watkins have been big challenges so far and he’s answered against those critics with two convincing wins. He must be one hell of an awkward foe to come up against at crusierweight, especially due to his unorthodox style and his size for the division (6ft 5). For Askin, he’s been seasoned pro for quite while now (2008) and this might just work in his favor against Okolie if something spectacular is to happen tonight at Wembly. Okolie is now starting to move a long quite quickly by Eddie Hearn and I would expect sooner rather than later he will be competing for a World Title, we just need to see Askin can handle him. Okolie KO
Sergey Kuzmin vs David Price
Another interesting match up in the heavyweight division takes place tonight as Price looks to redeem himself after his brutal KO defeat at the hands of Povetkin. For me, this is really last chance saloon for Price, he’s going to have to get a convincing victory for me if he’s going to ever get the opportunity to challenge for world title fight. He’s up against Sergey Kuzmin who comes under the same promotional group as Povetkin and is also part of the same training team as the talented world champion Dimity Bivol. He’s also face Joshua in his amateur career and knocked out British heavy hitter Joe Joyce as an amateur. For tonight, I feel this is just one step too far for Price, I really hopes he proves me wrong – but many said that last time against Povetkin. Kuzmin KO
I should hopefully be able to watch all the action from tonight at some point tomorrow.
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