KEVIN BARRY, the trainer of New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker, has studied both Alexander Povetkin and Anthony Joshua closely. Russia’s Povetkin challenges Joshua for the WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium on September 22.
Barry explains that Povetkin is a dangerous fight for him. He noted, “When Povetkin fought [Carlos] Takam he knocked him stone cold, even though he was losing the fight to Takam. I watched that fight closely because we fought Takam. You look at Joshua and Takam and Takam coming in on six days’ notice or whatever it was, he had done no training, was riding a bicycle and Joshua couldn’t knock him out. [Joshua stopped him on his feet].”
But Barry pointed out, “Then you look at, which is the more realistic way to look at it, Joshua – young guy, improving, developing, getting better. His style is becoming more sound. Povetkin at the end of his career, you would think that it would be an easier fight for Joshua.”