ROBERT McCRACKEN reckons Alexander Povetkin is second only to Wladimir Klitschko in the pantheon of Anthony Joshua heavyweight opponents and admits it’s a fight they could probably do without.
Having worked his way to the number one spot with the WBA, Povetkin has forced the hand of Joshua and the pair are set to meet next Saturday (September 22) at Wembley Stadium. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a fight Joshua (owner of WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles) would take if given the choice, McCracken explains.
“He’s the mandatory,” McCracken, Joshua’s head coach, told Boxing News. “You wouldn’t choose him, would you? He’s a good fighter, he knows what he’s doing, he’s an Olympic champ, world champ, and only lost his world title to Klitschko. He’s from the top tier of boxing and is very dangerous and well-schooled.