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No pressure on me – Povetkin

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Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin says he feels no pressure ahead of his heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua on Saturday, after engaging in an icy final stare-down.

Povetkin tipped the scales at 15st 12lbs, while Joshua was 17st 8lbs 5oz, as their heavyweight battle, draws near.

Povetkin was in a relaxed and confident mood at the weigh-in with any concern about coming into the fight as a lighter man.

Speaking after the weigh-in through a translator, Povetkin said he feel great and that the weight is a very comfortable and good for him.

Povetkin who said he had prepared for both speed and power, claimed he didn’t see anything in Joshua’s eyes.

I am delighted about this fight taking place very soon. I’m very calm and feel no pressure.

The Russian who doesn’t like making predictions about his fight promised an interesting and thrilling fight, as he hope to see his English fans rooting for him on Saturday.

Even he is carrying a big weight advantage into the fight, unified champion Joshua insists he is strong enough to come out victorious in his 22nd professional fight.

I’m going to put on my dancing shoes and be quick on my feet, because I know he is going to be fast and quick, said Joshua.

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After beating Povetkin, Anthony Joshua targets Deontay Wilder next

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After beating Povetkin, Anthony Joshua targets Deontay Wilder next

Joshua made an exciting defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles by inflicting a knockout on Alexander Povetkin in seven rounds on Saturday night at the Wembley Stadium, after which immediate attention was turned to April 13 when he hopes to lure Wilder for his return.

Talks to agree a fight with the American have, so far, produced nothing and Wilder who holds the WBC belt is now due to defend his title against Tyson Fury in December.

Speaking after his win over Povetkin, Joshua said has got his knockout streak back, saying he had discovered his right hand which had gone missing for a while, and it is lining up for April 13, said Joshua.

Joshua said April 13 is what that really interests him, and his No 1 in the date would be Wilder.

I don’t want to talk about No 2 or No 3, my No 1 is Wilder, that it, he added.

Asked to pick a winner between Wilder and Fury, Joshua replied: he only concentrate on himself and not too fussed who wins. He said he want the winner to bring himself to the UK to have a good dust-up with him, as he which both his rivals good luck.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn had tried to get a contract signed by the Wilder’s representatives and a bout that would see unbeaten champions share the ring to decide one undisputed king.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Hearn claimed Joshua had to take a mandatory challenge, after a deal was agreed, they signed the contract, while Wilder camp didn’t.

Joshua is a real world champion, not an Instagram world champion. If they don’t want to fight, they don’t want to fight.

He however promised to try again with Team Wilder to make the fight the whole world want to see.

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AJ blasted Povetkin with a stunning at Wembley

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AJ blasted Povetkin with a stunning at Wembley

After overcame an early onslaught, Anthony Joshua defended his world heavyweight titles with a devastating knockout of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley.

Joshua blasted Povetkin to the canvas in the seventh round with a brutal assault and then floored the WBA mandatory challenger again to show a shock and dramatic ending to his 22nd professional victory.

As he went back to the scene where he produced an epic win over Wladimir Klitschko, there were more moments of concern for the British star as he was wobbled and hurt in the early rounds, but put on the his style and show his battling spirit to inflict the first stoppage lost to Povetkin.

In the first round, the battles cries turned to gasps at ringside as a left hook from Povetkin staggered Joshua, the Russian had menacingly stalked through the opening few minutes.

Povetkin calmed for another moment to pounce in the second round, with blood dripping from Joshua’s injured nose, the Russian also found his range with a hurtful hook.

In the third round Joshua rammed in an overhand right, as his defences remained worryingly easy for Povetkin to penetrate, before ducking low to deliver a hook, but Joshua began to reply with crisp counters.

In the forth round, Povetkin’s right eye got cut with a wayward elbow, which reduce his control of the fight, and stinging jabs from Joshua force him onto the back foot.

As a tough fighter Povetkin would not be deterred easily as he unloaded with both hands hooks in the fifth, but the veteran was neutralised by Joshua’s nimble footwork and his accurate left hand in the sixth.

Joshua would crave for and explosive end to the battle in the seventh round, after finally gaining the measure of his determined foe.

Povetkin was sent to the canvas after a straight right hand shook through his, and a combination of left and right hooks. In a daze the Russian clambered upwards and and crunching shots delivered by Joshua signal a stunning finish.

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Joshua promise to shut down Povetkin early

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Anthony Joshua says he wants to shut down and beat Alexander Povetkin early when the two heavyweights step in the ring at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua go into the Saturday’s fight with Povetkin with a 21-fight unbeaten record, together with his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO belts with Povetkin.

The British heavyweight has raised his sparring ahead of the showdown and is confident of implementing effectively the right game-plan to record another memorable victory at the English national stadium.

Speaking after his media workout, Joshua said he is going through the usual routine with hundreds of rounds of sparring, with thousands of punches thrown and taking thousands back, he also added that they were at the business end and locked in camp.

Even though Joshua his confident he is as well wary of the danger Povetkin is carrying and wants to quickly take control of the fight.

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According to him the heavyweight is not only about the talent of a fighter, but one punch can change the course of a fight, and everyone is aware of that. He added that it’s down to him to handle business accordingly, considering the punching power possesed by Povetkin with knockouts on his record.

Joshua also said even though his opponent might have a good left hook but he have to destroy and shut that early.

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Carl Froch urge Joshua to entertain boxing fans again

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Carl Froch urge Joshua to entertain boxing fans again

Sky Sports pundit Carl Froch is looking forward to his gym-mate Anthony Joshua’s return to Wembley Stadium but wants to see the unified champion face Alexander Povetkin in the ring and put on another show.

Froch claimed everybody see anticipating same thing on Saturday nigth at Wembley Stadium, saying we want to see Anthony Joshua entertain all of us and show he has still got that fighting spirit in him.

According to Froch, irrespective of division, there is no one better in boxing, when it comes to doing just that.

Like every other fans, Froch want to see Joshua get noting but properly involved against Alexander Povetkin.

For him, AJ got the fighting spirit which everyone saw in his victory over Wladimir Klitschko. I want to see him back to his best, said Froch.

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He also added that no mater AJ is fighting, watching him is usually exciting, while he hope to seeing just that again. Froch want to see Joshua go into the fight again Povetkin and handle business as usual and get him to back to what all fans love.

Froch however said Povetkin isn’t a bad opponent at all and who love come from angles rather than walk straight in, so expect Joshua to get caught,.and as well expect him to fight back, unleash those punches and show us he’s still got that.

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Mayweather set to fight Manny Pacquiao again

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Floyd Mayweather says another nine-figure pay-day is on the way as he is ready come out of retirement to fight Manny Pacquiao this year.

In a video post on his Instagram Mayweather revealed the news of his comeback 13 months after a knockout win over Conor McGregor in Las Vegas.

The video post which was captioned: I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year. Another nine-figure-pay-day on the way.

After defeating Lucas Matthysse in a world title win in July, Pacquiao called out Mayweather, but Money refused to grant Pacquiao an offer of a rematch, but was rather seeking to play promoter for his long time rival, saying like beating him once was not enough.

Speaking with Fighthype.com Mayweather said he can’t knock Manny Pacquiao for what Filipino wants to do, saying it’s his prerogative

The American added that it is Pacquiao’s choice if he still wants to go out there and be victorious, and make some money.

I don’t have nothing [sic] against Manny Pacquiao, so he can do whatever he like to do, says Mayweather.

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Mayweather emerged winner in their Fight of the Century bout in 2015 which took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He won by unanimous points decision.

After beating Samuel Vargas by points on his return to the welterweight division, Amir Khan has set his sights on Pacquiao as his No 1 target, telling his British riv Kell Brook to wait around to fight him.

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Don’t underestimate Bellew’s ability, says David Haye ahead of Usyk vs Bellew fight

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Don’t underestimate Bellew’s ability, says David Haye ahead of Usyk vs Bellew fight

David Haye believes former bitter rival Tony Bellew could upset and defeat Oleksandr Usyk, the undisputed cruiserweight world champion.

Bellew is due to face the unbeaten Ukrainian for all cruiserweight titles (IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO titles) on November 10 at Manchester Arena.

Bomber is stepping back down to 200lbs, and will be the underdog in the fight after back to back heavyweight wins over Haye, who is still craving for another major surprise.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Haye said anyone over 13st has a chance of beating anybody.

Haye added that anyone who is ruling out Bellew chances in the fight against Usyk were the same people who ruled him out of chances against David Haye.

Haye said anybody who underestimate Tony Bellew does so at his own peril.

The former unified cruiserweight champion himself, Haye held three of the four titles currently holding by Usyk, with sensational wins over Jean-Marc Mormeck (WBC) and Enzo Maccarinelli (WBO) 10 years ago.

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Bellew won the WBC champion two years when he became the first fighter to beat Ilunga Makabu, and Haye believes going to the fight as an underdog will perfectly suit the Liverpudlian again.

Haye also added that many people didn’t give Bellew a chance of beating him in their two fights but he did and that will give him a chance to upset Usyk come November 10.

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AJ fans will charge up Povetkin

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Alexander Povetkin’s trainer Ivan Kirpa says his fighter will not be pressurized but rather motivated, when he faces Anthony Joshua’s fervent Wembley support later this month.

The Russian heavyweight returns to British shores to face Anthony Joshua for his IBF, WBA Super and WBO heavyweight titles on September 22, after a brutal knockout of David Price earlier in the year.

As the unified champion, AJ makes his third Wembley appearance and around 90,000 fans are expected to be in attendance, but the huge amount of sheers of the event will only serve to charge up the Russian powerhouse, according to his trainer Ivan Kirpa.

Speaking with Sky Sports, Kirpa said 90,000 fans cannot put pressure or bothers Povetkin. The 30-year-old trainer added that the huge crowd makes a charge of both him and Povetkin, gives some electricity.

It gives more motivation but not pressure

Personally, for myself, I believe English fans understand boxing and that makes them cool, said Kirpa.

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I really like English fans because if a British fighter loses in a dramatic or fair fight, they will accept that and approve the winner.

In Povetkin’s last fight, Kirpa admits that his fighter made a small mistake when floored during his win over Price, and said Povetkin has been doing great in training and learned from his mistake.

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Khan hit the canvas but climbs off to beat Vargas

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Khan hit the canvas but climbs off to beat Vargas

In a dramatic welterweight clash, Amir Khan had to climb off the canvas to beat Samuel Vargas in Birmingham on Saturday.

After out of the ring in about two years, former world champion Khan was making his second ring outing, after knocking out Phil Lo Greco last time out, received a much sterner test from Vargas.

‘King’ Khan dropped his Colombian counterpart twice as he displayed his blistering hand-speed, but a huge right hand dropped him as showed worrying signs of fragility towards of the end of the second round.

Before score of 119-108, 119-109 and 118-110 handed a well deserved victory over Vargas, both fighters had moments if success as they share some pulsating action throughout the bout. Now attention is switch to who the Khan will face next.

After he enjoyed a great cheers from the fans on his way to the ring, Khan immediately got into his groove throwing eye-catching flurry in the opening round.

A vicious right hand flattens Vargas as Khan looked set to get a stoppage in his second comeback fight when The South American was then suddenly on the floor in the second.

Backing his man up, Khan gallantly went on the attack, but got caught by a pummeling right as chin was out in the air, and couldn’t believe himself as he was down on the canvas.

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The 31-year-old stumbled back to his corner after his knockdown signal the usual vulnerability that have been showing often in his career reappeared.

After a minute of interlude, the Brit responded in the best of ways flooring Vargas with a right, but was cautious this time as the Vargas went into recovery mode.

Many worrying moments may questions as to what the future holds for Khan’, even with the dominant unanimous decision defeat of Vargas.

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I gave motivation to Fury-Wilder – AJ

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I gave motivation to Fury-Wilder – AJ

Anthony Joshua believes he brought motivation to the heavyweight division that includes the proposed clash between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

The unified champion Joshua is due to make sixth world title defence in just two years against Alexander Povetkin on September 22 and his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles are on the line.

Speaking with JD Ringside, Joshua, 28, reacted to news Fury is set to challenge WBC champion Wilder, saying I brought motivate to the heavyweight division.

I was always motivated.

It was Wladimir Klitschko who dominating before, after which Fury won and then took time out.

But we brought some motivation to the division when we came up, said Joshua.

People are now realizing that they have to fight stiff competition if they want to be respected.

An April 13 date has already been booked at Wembley Stadium for another Joshua’s heavyweight title fight.

In another account, Tyson Fury has recently ended a two-and-a-half year break from the sport and wants to fight Wilder next.

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Joshua who acknowledged that there is no alternative to his road to undisputed that the WBC, said when he win against Povetkin, he will have a lot to say.

But his victories and the consistently high-level opponents that he is fighting says much.

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Win or lose, I want Wilder – Joshua 

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Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua insists a heavyweight fight with Deontay Wilder will still happen, even if Wilder loses his WBC belt when he fight Tyson Fury.

Joshua is due to defend his WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO titles against Povetkin on September 22 at Wembley Stadium, while WBO champion Wilder has confirmed that his will be facing Fury in his next fight.

In order to become the division’s undisputed No 1,Joshua had hoped to fight Wilder to added his WBC strap to his own collection, but has noted that a defeat will not stop him from facing any of his rivals in a not distance time.

Speaking with Sky Sports News Joshua said regardless the outcome of their upcoming fights, they going to fight because they in the same category of weight and in the same boxing era. And the fact that it’s the fight that people want to see, makes it a must happen fight.

Joshua noted that his rivals in the division will still want to share the ring with him because both him and them are big in the game. It’s a fight will be make regardless who wins, added Joshua.

I will still fight Wilder even If he gets beat by Fury in their fight or Fury get beat, said Joshua.

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The British star must first take care of WBA’s mandatory challenger Povetkin, and he can’t wait to strengthen his reputation as a destructive fighter by producing another knockout victory over his Russian opponent.

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