Anthony Joshua has outlined his game-plan to beat Alexander Povetkin, saying he needs to ‘bully’ the Russian and swamp him with punches if he is to get through a major threat to his titles at Wembley on Saturday.
Povetkin can be ranked as Joshua’s second toughest assignment to date after his unification win over Wladimir Klitschko last year and it is known that there is anxiety in the Brit’s camp about the fight with his mandatory challenger.
The former WBA world champion, 39, has lost only once in 35 fights since turning professional after winning the 2004 Olympics and has shown his concussive power via 24 knockouts.
With his controlled aggression, he poses a tactical conundrum, which is heightened further by Joshua’s admission he is not yet technically equipped to follow the blueprint of Klitschko, whose jabbing masterclass inflicted Povetkin’s sole career defeat in 2013.
In explaining his plan for a compelling match-up, Joshua said: ‘He’s patient. He doesn’t really throw that many punches. You know if I am fighting a tall geezer it is jab for jab. But with Povetkin he is waiting and then, suddenly, it’s boom.
‘So it will be a real breaking down job. I can’t give him any opportunities. I have to stand on his ground. I know I can’t stand off it because he will be waiting for me to come in and then he’ll hit me.
I have to take him off his game, bully him a bit, and bam, hit him. And also use a tight guard so you are not giving anything away.’
Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles after only 21 fights. US Open: Serena Williams breaks silence on umpire sexism row
Serena Williams has opened up in her first interview since accusing a US Open umpire of sexism, insisting she did not conspire to cheat with her coach.
Williams clashed with umpire Carlos Ramos after she was given a warning for receiving coaching from her box in the second set of the final, describing the tennis official as a “thief” and a “liar”.
Discussing the incident on Australian television show The Sunday Project, the 23-time Grand Slam champion asserted she did not receive help from coach Patrick Mouratoglou during her defeat to Naomi Osaka.
Williams said of Mouratoglou: “He said he made a motion, I don’t understand what he was talking about. We’ve never had signals.”
She said accused the umpire of sexism because he treated her harshly, and said that a man wouldn’t have received the same treatment.
I just don’t understand,” she said. “If you’re a female you should be able to do, even half, of what a guy can do.”
Mouratoglou admitted he was coaching Williams, but said she didn’t look at him. He added that Osaka’s coach was also coaching her during the match.
Serena Williams was penalised by the umpire and handed a $17,000 fine for three code violations.He alleged that she had broken the rules by receiving coaching, and gave her subsequent code violations for smashing her racket and for verbally abusing him.
Billie Jean King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and fought for equal rights in tennis, backed Williams’ stance.
(2/2) When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.
Several things went very wrong during the match,” King tweeted. “Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isn’t, and as a result, a player was penalised for the actions of her coach. This should not happen.”
In a second tweet, King said: “When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalised for it. When a man does the same, he’s ‘outspoken’ & and there are no repercussions. Thank you (Serena Williams) for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.”