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Yesterday, September 22nd 2018, Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO’s) successfully defended his WBA/WBO/IBF World Heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KO’s).  Povetkin looked good early as he displayed his superior hand speed in round 1.  He landed a brutal combination finishing with a vicious left hook which seemed to break Joshuas nose.  Blood began to pour from it, and Joshua clearly looked bothered by the damage to his nose.  Povetkin continued the combinations in round 2, as AJ certainly looked frazzled and dumbfounded by Povetkin’s early success.

In the 3rd round, Joshua seemed to find his range, and was being much more effective as he boxed Povetkin from the outside.  The 4th was more of the same, as Joshua seemed to be gaining control of the fight.  Povetkin, at age 39, seemed to be losing steam in the 5th round, and the fight would not last much longer.  In the 7th round, AJ landed a huge right hand that badly stunned Povetkin, and a few punches later, he would go down.  Povetkin, on dream street, somehow got up from the knockdown, and was somehow allowed to continue, even though he had no legs under him, and was clearly almost out on his feet.  Joshua bombarded hime with punches, and Povetkin would go down again, this time for good.  Joshua remains the unified World Heavyweight champion, with a 7th round KO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Today, Saturday September 22nd 2018, Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KO’s) will defend his WBA/WBO/IBF World Heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Wembley Stadium in London England, and will air live on Sky Sports at 1pm ET.  The fight will also be available for viewing on Dazn.com at the same time.  In the co-feature, Yvan Mendy (40-4-1, 19 KO’s) and Luke Campbell (18-2, 15 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Alexander Povetkin Tale of The Tape Anthony Joshua
34 Wins 21
1 Losses 0
24 KOs 20
0 Draws 0
35 Total Fights 21
69% KO% 95%
6’2″ Height 6’6″
75″ Reach 82″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Kursk, Russia Nationality Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
September 2nd, 1979 Date of Birth October 15th 1989

 

PREDICTIONS;

Luke Campbell  —  def  —  Yvan Mendy  —  via  —  Decision

Anthony Joshua  —  def  —  Alexander Povetkin  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Yesterday afternoon on ShowTime Boxing International, Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KO’s) defeated Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KO’s) to unify the WBA WBO & IBF World Heavyweight titles.  The final score cards read 118-110/118-110/119-109, but the fight was actually a lot closer then that.  I scored the fight 116-112 for Joshua.  I had the fight even through the first 6 rounds, as there was really not much happening on either side.  Parker really let the fight slip away in the last 4 rounds, as his activity level really fell off.

Usually the first round or two are the feeling out rounds.  In this fight, the first 6 rounds were a feeling out process for both fighters, as neither seemed to be willing to fully commit to throwing power shot.  Perhaps they both were afraid to sell out due to the power of the other man.  Joshua did however take over in the second half of the fight, as Parker just stopped throwing and landing.  Joshua seemed to hurt Parker in the 8th round, and Parker became even less willing to throw big punches.  All in all, the fight definitely did not reach anywhere near the hype, but none the less, Anthony Joshua now hold 3 of the 4 major titles, and is the new unified Heavyweight champion if the world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for whyte vs browneToday on Sky Sports and HBO Boxing after dark, we had a special Heavyweight attraction, as Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17 KO’s) absolutely destroyed Lucas Brown (25-1, 22 KO’s).  Whyte was almost a 2-1 favorite to win the fight, but fought like a 30-1 favorite after the opening bell.  Whyte won every round before eventually knocking Lucas Brown’s head off in the 6th.  The first round was a feel out round between the two, but Whyte won it anyhow.  Whyte started punching to the body in the second round, something that he has been known to do quite effectively.  In fact, Whyte lands the second most body punches in the heavyweight division, behind only Joseph Parker who we will see next week against Anthony Joshua.

Whyte also opened up a cut over Brown’s left eye in that second round.  From then on the blood would poor, perhaps altering the vision of Brown.  The third through fifth rounds were more of the same, as Whyte sustained an effective body attack, which really opened up the head.  In the 6th round, Whyte landed a combination, which slightly threw Brown off.  After that, he landed a right hand followed by a delayed left hook, which knocked Brown out cold.  Brown was on the canvas for several minutes before he was able to get up, and when he was, he had on an oxygen mask.  After the fight, Whyte called out Deontay Wilder, telling the WBC champ, “I’m ready.”  Whyte remains the WBC Silver belt holder, which could possibly mean that he will be Wilder’s next mandatory challenger.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Newly crowned IBF World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KO’s), already has a list of possible opponents.  Joshua won the IBF World Heavyweight title just a week and some days ago, when he defeated then champion Charles Martin in England.  Well, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is wasting no time at all.  He has already scheduled Joshua’s first title defense for June 25th, which will take place at the O2 arena, in London England.  Hearn went as far as mentioning some names that Joshua could possibly defend against, and while nothing is set in stone yet, the names are quite intriguing.  The two biggest names that Hearn threw out there were Bryant Jennings (19-2, 10 KO’s) and Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s).  Two other names that were thrown out there, were Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KO’s) and Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KO’s), both of whom Joshua would completely destroy.  Breazeale is too young and raw, and Molina would probably just take a beating for 11 rounds and then get knocked out.

While Jennings is not really deserving of a title shot against Joshua, because of back to back losses to Wladimir Klitschko and Luis Ortiz, he would probably be a more intriguing opponent the Breazeale and Molina.  Jennings has fought better level of opposition then Breazeale for sure, and hasn’t yet been classified as just an “opponent”, like Molina has.  The problem with Jennings is this; he’s just not big enough to run with these Heavyweights we have these days.  They are huge, and they are much more powerful.  Bryant Jennings comes in to his fights, not far above 200 pounds, and in this day and age (the age of the super heavyweights in the heavyweight division), he just does not have the size to compete with those guys.  Jennings could probably drop the weight below 200, because he is super athletic, and probably become the most dominant Cruiserweight in the world.

While we all know that the most mouth watering fight would be a unification between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, that probably won’t happen for quite some time if ever.  Enter Bermane Stiverne.  He seems to be the most interesting option at the moment, and could pose a threat to Joshua’s title reign.  Stiverne is the only man to take Deontay Wilder 12 rounds, as he just refused to go down, despite being pounded by Wilder’s shotgun right hand.  Wilder hit Stivenre so hard, that he bent the metal rods inside his surgically repaired right hand.  Still, Stiverne did not go down!  Joshua has never been 12 rounds in his life, so if Stiverne were able to take him into deep waters, no one knows how Joshua would respond.  Personally i think he would still win, but you never no what can happen in a heavyweight fight.  One punch can change everything.  It remains to be seen what Joshua and Hearn will do, but any conversation with the name “Anthony Joshua” is an interesting one.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE