Joshua Defends Boxing Titles Against Povetkin

Briton Anthony Joshua makes his sixth title defense today against Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.

Anthony Joshua in 2017 (Photo by Jumeirah [CC BY 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Anthony Joshua in 2017 (Photo by Jumeirah [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Briton Anthony Joshua makes his sixth title defense today against Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin at Wembley. Eddie Hearn, the promoter of the match, admitted last week that he does not expect the match to sell out. He expects 80,000 to attend the event. This despite the fact that Joshua wihe has found it more difficult to sell tickets than for the champion’s previous title defences at Wembley.

“We have had to work a bit harder this time,” said Hearn to the Guardian. “Normally when you go on sale with an Anthony Joshua fight it just goes ‘ping’ but it has been slower than Wladimir Klitschko and Joseph Parker.”

Apparently, boxing fans would rather see a match between Joshua and top ranked challenger Deontay Walker than Povetkin.

To his critics that claim Joshua is avoiding Walker in favor of an easy opponent, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion says, “The only thing that aggravates me is that anyone in boxing I have spoken to says it is a tough fight, whereas the man on the street goes to me: ‘When’s the Wilder fight?’ I say he has to get through Povetkin first and they say: ‘He’ll knock him out.’ Who knows?”

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