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Joshua vs. Povetkin – In the Eye of the Storm by Jason Goldstein

It is just after 8:30 a.m. Thursday September 13th.

 

The eerie quiet of my normally busy neighborhood is off putting. Of course normally I would be at work anyway.

 

However, since Monday a state of emergency has been declared in the Carolinas and my hometown of Charleston feels like a ghost town. My office and that of my wife will beclosed all week as hurricane Florence, the most powerful cyclone to ever venture this far north of the caribbean takes aim at us I was inspired to examine the storm that Anthony AJ Joshua is about to enter when he faces perennial heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin.

 

As any meteorologist, they will tell you the eye of the storm is the safest place to be when a hurricane crashes inland. That analogy fits preceisely into how AJ can beat arguably the most dangerous opponent he has faced in his campaign to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

 

Storm Preparations

 

An ocean away from me, it is easy to imagine AJ walking through the doors of Finchley ABC in North London right now to continue the groundwork for this important title fight scheduled to take place in Wembley Stadium in little more than a week.

 

Likely another sell out, AJ has single handedly put British boxing on the map and though he struggles for name recognition in The States the 28 year old Joshua is the perfect fighter to return Heavyweight Boxing to a position of primacy.

 

Thanks in large part to promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, the youthful promoter has managed to reinvigorate world wide interest in boxing largely on the broadshoulders of Mr. Joshua. Eddie’s new streaming service DAZN will feature AJ vs Povetkin as the first of many major fights to air exclusively on the platform.

 

It is the perfect match; the 21st century fighter merging with 21st century technology.

 

 

In any event, AJ and his team skippered by longtime trainer Robert McCracken are not
filling sandbags or buying up gallons of water like many in my community are. They are bunkered in at Finchley ABC, where AJ has trained since his days as an amateur, to formulate how they will beat Russian puncher Alexander Povetkin.

 

A professional boxer since 2005 Povetkin, who just turned 39 this month is arguably themost successful ethnic Russian heavyweight fighter of all time. His record is exemplary, currently standing at 34W-1L (24 KOs). The one loss coming via decision to former undisputed champion Wladimir Klitschko all the way back in October of 2013.

 

Since then, Povetkin has been within inches of ascending the heavyweight thrown himself, collecting wins against the best available competition, he has stopped Mike Perez, Manuel Charr and Carlos Takam. However, Povetkin’s legacy and resume have come under scrutiny since a rash of violations for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs)since 2016.

 

In May 2016 Povetkin had a shot against reigning WBC champ Deontay Wilder scuppered due to a banned substance violation and after serving a brief suspension was caught with another PED violation only months later in December 2016 when he was scheduled to face Bermane Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title.

 

 

The entire Russian sporting apparatus has faced scrutiny going back decades but has been amplified over the last several years thanks to wide spread corruption and cheating that lands right at the very doorstep of Russian “president” Vladimir Putin himself. Povetkin will have a hard time washing off that stink, Russia is run by KGB strongmen and gangsters and even if Povetkin is now clean there will be an asterisk next to his name and every single win on his record.

 

A true skeptic might ask how this two time drug cheat has served almost no suspension and managed to find himself once again in a mandatory challenger position for the heavyweight title, but I digress.

 

That said, Povetkin is a very credible and dangerous challenge to AJ’s titles.

 

Firstly, Povetkin has the ultimate “puncher’s chance” out of all of AJ’s previous opponents Povetkin’s power is the greatest he’s faced since beating Klitschko. It will be essential that AJ deny Povetkin the space to allow him to generate the leverage he needs to throw his best punches.When a hurricane forms, the northeast corner of the storm is the source of its greatest destructive energy.

 

For Povetkin, he possesses a crushing overhand right which he likes to throw in the middle distance. He has a very obvious ‘tell’ when he prepares the punch. Sometimes off the jab he then feints left, dipping his head and shoulders left then suddenly closing the distance with the overhand right. The whole motion looks a bit like the end of a whip snapping. That dip to the left which was so obvious in his recent win over David Price for example is something AJ and his team could exploit.

 

Povetkin’s second best punch is the left hook. Again, thrown in the middle distance, it’s a wide hook that he throws often after catching his opponent’s hook on his own glove. He throws it off of the jab as well, again with devastating effect.

 

Never hook with a hooker as they say, so AJ needs to avoid this in between space where Povetkin gets his bet work done.

 

Where Povetkin really struggles is in close, right in the eye of the storm, there Povetkin possesses the least power. Again in his fight with David Price this was obvious. Conventional wisdom would be that Povetkin would need to get inside the long limbs of the 6’7” scouser from Liverpool and so he did, but once there he slapped with his punches though some shots to the body were thudding. But for Price’s glassjaw, an effective inside fighter may have fared better.

 

When facing down a natural disaster like a hurricane it’s best to obviously be far enough away that its remnants may only be a few waves lapping on the shore, or right in the eye, close enough to avoid its destructive shearing winds.AJ will benefit, as Klitschko did from a seven inch reach advantage, the improved jab of AJ will be highly effective against Povetkin who lacks the mobility and deft footwork to insinuate himself in to a distance where he will be most comfortable.

 

When Povetkin tries to dip left to deliver that overhand right, AJ can fire a straight right hand to the side of the Russian’s head, when Povetkin comes up AJ could have a left hook waiting for him.

 

If AJ ends up inside, he will have to be intelligent but Povetkin lacks true power at this distance, he needs to generate massive leverage launching all 230 pounds behind his punches. Inside, AJ can use his height and strength advantage to wear down the older fighter in the clinch and set up the rear right hook, the same punch that landed so dramatically on Klitschko and set up the Brit’s legendary win.

 

When the storm warning goes out you either shelter in place or evacuate. In the boxing ring there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. No first responders
coming to save you, unless you are being scraped off the canvas like six of Alexander Povetkin’s last eight opponents. Next week, September 22nd, the clouds will roll in to Wembley Arena but AJ has been here before. He will weather the storm.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW- “BEAT TO THE PUNCH” WITH D-JAY ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

DJ gives us a special edition of “Beat To The Punch” as he joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio as part of our Canelo-GGG supershow called “Unrivaled” to give his fight breakdown & prediction.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW- “KILLA” SHAWN CAMERON ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

“Killa” Shawn Cameron joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio as part of our Canelo-GGG supershow called “Unrivaled” to give his fight breakdown & prediction.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW-“SHOWTIME” STEVE UPSHER ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

“Showtime” Steve Upsher joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio as part of our Canelo-GGG supershow called “Unrivaled” to give his fight breakdown & prediction.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW- “LOWLIFE” LOUIE RAMOS ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

“Lowlife” Louie Ramos joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio as part of our Canelo-GGG supershow called “Unrivaled” to give his fight breakdown & prediction.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW- TOMMY RAINONE ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

Tommy “The Razor” Rainone joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio as part of our Canelo-GGG supershow called “Unrivaled” to give his fight breakdown & prediction.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW- PETER SFERRAZZA ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

Peter Sferrazza joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio as part of our Canelo-GGG supershow called “Unrivaled” to give his fight breakdown & prediction.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW-“THE UK BOXING REPORT” WITH OLIVER MCMANUS ON TEAM LEFTJAB BOXING RADIO

Oliver McManus gives us a special edition of “The UK Boxing Report” as he joins Team LeftJab Boxing Radio as part of our Canelo-GGG supershow called “Unrivaled” to give his fight breakdown & prediction.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW-“SHOTGUN” SHANNON O’CONNELL INTERVIEW

1. Before we look to this rematch, who did you have winning the first Canelo-GGG fight?
SHANNON: GGG

2. In your mind, is this the biggest fight in boxing right now?

SHANNON: Right now I think yes although the hype doesn’t seem as big as the first fight between them.

3. How much, if at all, does the contaminated meat/PED test results take away from this fight?

SHANNON:I think it just takes away a bit of credibility to Canelo but it doesn’t take anything away from the actual fight. If Canelo wins, it’s just going to give GGG fans something to complain about.

4. Is this a do or die fight for Canelo’s reputation or is he young enough and has done enough in the sport to recover even with a loss here?

SHANNON: I don’t think it’s do or die. I think if he was fighting a bum and lost it would bebut GGG is as hard as they get.

5. What does Canelo have to do different in this fight to win convincingly on the cards?

SHANNON:Fight like a Mexican lol

6. Same question , but with GGG, what does he have to do to win convincingly on the cards?

SHANNON:I thought it was convincing last time so I am not sure.

7. So many fans and media thought in the first fight there would be a knockout or at least a knockdown or two with both being so powerful but they both have great chins.Do you think we see a KO or knockdowns in this rematch?

SHANNON: That’s hard to say. Maybe because they both might go in harder this time, knowing that they can take the power from each other.

8. Who wins this fight and how?

SHANNON:I think GGG wins this time. I think he is the smarter of the two and will adjust what he needs to adjust to not let the judges be able to rob him.

9. Does a Canelo win erase any PED suspicion in your mind?

SHANNON: No not for me. If anything it probably makes me think it was even more likely.

10. Does a GGG win make him an all time great or does he need one or two more huge wins against big names before we can say that?

SHANNON: I think it definitely makes him an all time great.

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“UNRIVALED”- CANELO-GGG SUPERSHOW-“ICEMAN” JOHN SCULLY INTERVIEW

1. Before we look to this rematch, who did you have winning the first Canelo-GGG fight?

ICEMAN: it was a good fight and I had GGG winning. I thought Canelo had some great moments defensively and landed some really beautiful counterpunches. But overall GGG pressed the fight and made things happen.

 

 

2. In your mind, is this the biggest fight in boxing right now?

ICEMAN: it definitely is. They are two of the absolute biggest names. I mean, we have fights like Spence-Crawford that could be made and they would be equal in terms of action and ability and importance to people within the game but those guys are not at that level yet where it will come with the attention that this one does.

 

 

3. How much, if at all, does the contaminated meat/PED test results take away from this fight?

ICEMAN: Unfortunately it is definitely an issue. And Canelo has a lot riding on this fight because if he gets wiped out his whole entire career is going to come into question. He’s got to win or else everyone is surely going to say or think the same thing about his failed PED test.

 

 

4. Is this a do or die fight for Canelo’s reputation or is he young enough and has done enough in the sport to recover even with a loss here?

ICEMAN: I think it all depends on how he loses if that’s what happens. If he gets manhandled and/or stopped then it’s going to raise some huge red flags. And I think people will innately doubt him and everything he’s done up to this point. That question mark will always be there so he’s got to perform in this fight. Win, lose or draw he’s got to perform.

 

 

5. What does Canelo have to do differently in this fight to win convincingly on the cards?

ICEMAN: He needs to blend his offense in with his defense much more. His defensive skills were impressive last time and his counter punches were very subtle but effective. But sometimes with judges you made need to make things more obvious to the naked eye. You need to have it where people really see what’s happening. You can’t just be textbook and calculated. You’ve got to be visually impressive this time.

 

 

6. Same question, but with GGG, what does he have to do to win convincingly on the cards?

ICEMAN: it certainly wouldn’t hurt him to be a little better defensively and make more punches miss. But he also needs to get his offense going at a little bit more a sustained and consistent pace this time. He did some great work last time but it obviously wasn’t the usual eye-catching explosions that we are accustomed to seeing from him. He needs to step on the gas a little bit more and go for broke to also make it visually impressive.

 

 

7. So many fans and media thought in the first fight there would be a knockout or at least a knockdown or two with both being so powerful but they both have great chins. Do you think we see a KO or knockdowns in this rematch?

ICEMAN: Many times with elite level fighters like this the fights tend to go the distance. Almost all of Mayweather’s big fights went the distance. Triple G has went the distance with absolute elite-level guys like Canelo and Danny Jacobs. At that level it takes something extra to get a knockout in most cases. With the skill and durability of these guys as it is another 12 round decision should not be surprising to anyone.

 

 

8. Who wins this fight and how?

ICEMAN: I think GGG is a realistic choice to win. I believe mentally Canelo has a lot going against him. He’s got the stress and the doubt of the positive drug test and there is also the thing where pictures have been circulating in the last day or so of him and it’s pretty clear that his body does not look nearly as impressive as it did for the first fight. It definitely raises eyebrows. He has a lot to prove but by opening up more with his offense he will also open up his defense more and Triple G will be ripping shots in there like he probably should have done the first time. Mentally as well as physically it’s going to take a bigger than normal effort from Canelo to come through this fight as a winner.

 

 

9. Does a Canelo win erase any PED suspicion in your mind?

ICEMAN: I believe the suspicions will always be there to a certain degree with some people. The high doubts will always be there from a certain faction, no matter what happens in this fight. But it would do a lot more for his reputation and the way people perceive him going forward and remember him in years to come if he can win this one after what happened last time.

To completely erase those thoughts and doubts will take an extra impressive and dynamic performance this time.

 

 

10. Does a GGG win make him an all time great or does he need one or two more huge wins against big names before we can say that?

ICEMAN: it’s hard to say. Greatness and all-time standings get thrown around so much in this era that it gets clouded sometimes as to who is actually a great and who is just a great of the era. I suppose anyway you slice it GGG’s record really is stellar and impressive. The number of knockouts alone is eye catching…..and impressive but we will just have to see what type of reactions he gets when all is said and done when his name is mentioned alongside the likes of Robinson, Monzon, Hagler and Hopkins

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