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Anthony Joshua is returning to Wembley. The unified WBA/WBO/IBF champion will make the sixth defense of his titles when he faces Alexander Povetkin on September 22.

The fight marks Joshua’s first bout at Wembley since his 2017 Fight of the Year victory over Wladimir Klitschko.

Joshua’s last victory was a tactical unanimous decision over Joseph Parker to capture the WBO heavyweight title. Povetkin competed on the undercard and delivered a Knockout of the Year candidate with a left hook stoppage of David Price.

“I can’t wait to get back in the ring – the end of March feels a long time ago now,” Joshua told the BBC. “Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for. He has serious pedigree and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.”

This will be Povetkin’s second world title shot, having dropped an unanimous decision to Wladimir Klitschko in 2013. Since then, Povetkin is on an eight-fight win streak with knockout wins over Mike Perez (TKO1), Carlos Takam (KO10) and Mariusz Wach (TKO12). He is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s WBA title.

Ticket prices are expected to be announced in the next two weeks.

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Count me as one of the people who didn’t delude themselves into thinking Joshua-Wilder was getting made this year. Outside of that, this is the best heavyweight fight Joshua could make.

Povetkin is very dangerous when he gets inside. Problem is, I don’t see the Russian being able to consistently work there due to Joshua’s thudding jab and improved footwork. More often than not, Povetkin will be caught in mid-range where Joshua’s massive right hand will be waiting.

In the meantime, Wilder can get his own WBC mandatory out of the way this fall against Dominic Breazeale. I fully expect both champions to get knockout wins and bring the anticipation to a fever pitch for the biggest and most historic fight for 2019.

 

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It was a matter of time. The narrative was how bad the knockout would be when Alexander Povetkin finally landed a series of hard shots on David Price. The fall was appropriately chilling when a flush left hook bounced Price’s head off the canvas in round five.

When the 6’8 Price fought tall, he found success in countering the 6’2 Povetkin with left hooks from mid-range. This shot resulted in Price scoring a flash knockdown in the third. But overall, Povetkin’s quicker hands and technique allowed him to get inside and punish Price with snapping hooks. The punishment opened a cut above the left eye to accompany a bloody nose and mouth.

This should absolutely be Price’s last time in the ring. He’s 34 and this was a Hail Mary chance to get back in contention. Furthermore, it was an audition to make Povetkin credible as an opponent for Anthony Joshua or possibly even Dillian Whyte should the Wilder bout fail to materialize.

 

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The May 21 title match between Alexander Povetkin and champion Deontay Wilder has been officially postponed due to Povetkin’s prefight drug test for the banned substance melodium, the WBC announced today.

The sanctioning body released the following statement:

The World Boxing Council is diligently addressing the positive test result from the Clean Boxing Program for mandatory heavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin. Keeping the priority of safety and also the principle of justice, the WBC will continue the investigation into the case. Consequently, the event scheduled for May 21 in Moscow is hereby officially postponed.
The WBC will be releasing more information in the coming days regarding the final ruling on the matter.

Melodium, which reportedly assists athletes with endurance, became a banned substance by the World Anti Doping Agency in January. Povetkin’s camp argued the fighter stopped taking the substance in September and blamed the positive test on trace elements remaining in his system. However, reporter Gabriel Montoya confirmed Povetkin had negative results on April 7, 8 and 11 before testing positive on April 27.

At press time, Wilder’s camp has not announced plans for a replacement date nor an opponent.


This was the only logical outcome for this situation. Yes, most boxing fans are extremely disappointed. This is a matchup between two high-level heavyweights that have been knocking out all their recent competition. It was Povetkin’s chance to finally win a world title, and Wilder’s moment to finally silence all naysayers on whether he truly belongs at the elite level.

The entire blame falls squarely on the shoulders of Povetkin. His excuse is weak and his actions disgraceful. A postponement is a slap on the wrist — a fine and suspension is the example that should be set. As long as the penalties remain flimsy, fighters will keep trying their luck with performance enhancing drugs.

If the penalties for cheating are not severe in a sport built on physical punishment, why even have testing in the first place?

As for Wilder, the next ranked opponent in line is Bermane Stiverne at #2, who Wilder soundly defeated for the title, and Kubrat Pulev at #3, who just beat Dereck Chisora by split decision a few days ago. Here is the rest of the list:

1 .- Alexander Povetkin (Russia)
2 .- Bermane Stiverne (Haiti/Canada)
3 .- Kubrat Pulev (Bulgaria) EBU
4 .- Johann Duhaupas (France) SILVER
5 .- Carlos Takam (Cameroon)
6 .- Joseph Parker (New Zealand) OPBF
7 .- Andy Ruiz (Mexico) NABF
8 .- David Haye (GB)
9 .- Bryant Jennings (US)
10 .- Malik Scott (US)
11 .- Artur Szpilka (Poland)
12 .- Eric Molina (US)
13 .- Dereck Chisora (GB)
14 .- Ruslan Chagaev (Uzbekistan/Germany)
15 .- Gerald Washington (US)

The highlighted names are guys Wilder has already defeated. Pulev is likely first in line since it’s a fresh matchup and he’s coming off a high-profile win. If Wilder’s camp passes on Stiverne and Pulev, then it gets interesting. Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker have a fight scheduled and Andy Ruiz is a Top Rank fighter. David Haye would be a solid option, but the Hayemaker is rumored to be facing Shannon Briggs later this year and is likely eyeing an Anthony Joshua showdown afterward.

That leaves Bryant Jennings, who hasn’t fought since being KO’d by Luis Ortiz in December, Ruslan Chagaev, who had his KO loss to Lucas Browne overturned due to another failed test, and fellow PBC fighter Gerald Washington (who won a pedestrian decision over Eddie Chambers last month).

Because Washington is a in-house fighter and doesn’t appear to have a high-ceiling, it’s conceivable that he gets fed to Wilder. Jennings would be the better matchup, but I’m not sure if Jennings fancies such a difficult fight coming off a layoff and KO defeat.

 

 

 

 

 

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BIRMINGHAM, AL — WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder had a brief scare in the third round, but ultimately succeeded in delivering a triumphant homecoming in knocking down Eric Molina four times in route to a ninth round technical knockout.

Molina, whose previous losses came¬†via first round KOs, was not expected to last long under Wilder’s power. Molina survived early¬†on with head movement off the backfoot¬†to evade Wilder’s telegraphed right hands. Wilder got buzzed a hard right himself¬†in the third. He¬†regrouped by dropping Molina towards the end of the fourth, and twice more¬†in the fifth off right hand shots.

The finish didn’t come quickly as Wilder’s stamina and Molina’s body punching made it slightly more competitive. After a strong eighth for Molina, he found himself on the canvas for good in the ninth via another right high on the temple.

NOT READY FOR POVETKIN: The #1 contender for Wilder’s belt is Alexander Povetkin. Based on what we saw against Molina, Wilder will have his hands full. His stamina was shaky against a guy who wasn’t even fighting at a high pace. We saw no combination punching, and Molina was killing his body. Povetkin is a very good inside fighter and it’s hard to imagine Wilder¬†being able to withstand it. Expect the Bomb Squad¬†camp to delay Povetkin’s title shot for as long as they can. Not seeing it happen until 2016 wouldn’t surprise me.

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CARD RECAP

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MOSCOW, Russia — 91 seconds is all Alexander Povetkin needed to drop Mike Perez twice for a crushing first round KO.

Povetkin wobbled Perez with the first clean right cross he landed. Perez was able to clinch after missing a lead right, but had a lapse in concentration and kept his hands low. When the two untangled,¬†Povetkin quickly turned his full weight into a short right hand that stiffened Perez’s legs and floored¬†him.

Perez beat the count in a dazed manner, allowing Povetkin to put him down permanently with a few grazing shots.

The win makes Povetkin the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC title.

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Alexander Povetkin got his second consecutive knockout win last night with a tenth round KO of Carlos Takam.

Povetkin¬†was too strong and sharp for the Cameroon fighter, who often got the worst of inside exchanges. Takam found minor success¬†utilizing a shoulder roll and increasing his counter-punching. But Povetkin’s¬†bullish power continued to offset this and leave Takam¬†constantly¬†back-pedaling, usually¬†after an assortment of hooks.

The first knockdown came at the end of the ninth off a double left hook followed by a right cross. Takam went crashing into the ropes but beat the count. He was on fumes for the tenth, and Povetkin clipped him with another short left hook to put Takam down for good.

The win ends a solid 2014 run for Takam, which saw him fight to a disputed draw with Mike Perez in January, and score a unanimous decision win over Tony Thompson in June. Povetkin stopped Manuel Charr in seven rounds this past May.

The win keeps Povetkin ranked #3 by the WBC, behind Americans Bryant Jennings (#2), Deontay Wilder (#1) and Bermane Stiverne (champion).

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FULL FIGHT

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It’s pay-per-view fight week, so you know Bad Culture Radio has you covered with all the last-minute news and predictions on the welterweight title match between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.Guest Percy Crawford of FightHype.com will be on¬†hand to also discuss the career upswing and options¬†for Miguel Cotto (courtesy of his efficient TKO of Delvin Rodriguez), Adrien Broner’s pay-per-view marketability, Malignaggi-Judah, the heavyweight division’s setback last weekend via Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin, and much more.

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