Everything you need to know for Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title fight with Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night, including odds, TV details, records & undercard.
Anthony Joshua returns to the ring this Saturday night (September 22) at Wembley Stadium as he puts his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles on the line against Russia's Alexander Povetkin.
The 2012 Olympic champion (21-0, 20 KOs) added the WBO belt to his collection last time out when defeating Joseph Parker in March's unification bout in Cardiff and is hot favourite to triumph again in front of a 90,000-strong crowd at the venue where he famously dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017.
The unanimous decision victory over Parker was the first time Joshua hadn't won via stoppage in his 21-fight professional career while Povetkin (34-1, 24 KOs) knocked out Britain's David Price in a real tear up on the same card to earn a shot at the Londoner.
Here, we look at what both fighters have had to say, their records, tale of the tape, the latest Sky Bet odds and offers, our top predictions, details of the undercard plus how and where to watch on television.
Joshua v Povetkin: Fight details
- Fight night: Saturday September 22 (Weigh-in, Friday at 1230pm)
- TV Channel: Sky Sports Box Office (£19.95, scroll down for booking details)
- TV Start time: Undercard from 6pm, main event approx 10pm
- Radio coverage: BBC Radio 5 Live
- Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
- Sky Bet odds (scroll down for more): Joshua 1/9, Povetkin 7/1, Draw 33/1 (Click to bet)
Fight night running order
Starting with the headline event, in descending order. Fights 12 rounds unless stated. Click on the Sky Bet odds for more fight markets
- Anthony Joshua (1/9) v Alexander Povetkin (8/1)
WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles
Ring walk 9.50pm approx, fight 10pm
- Luke Campbell (2/7) v Yvan Mendy (11/4)
WBC lightweight world title final eliminator
- Matty Askin (2/1) v Lawrence Okolie (4/11)
British Cruiserweight Championship
- Sergey Kuzmin (3/1) v David Price (1/5)
10x3 mins WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight title
- Shakhram Giyasov v Julio Laguna
6x3 mins welterweight contest
First fight - 6.10pm approx
- Dana Zaxo v Tony Bilic
4x3 light-heavyweight contest
- Chris Kongo v Petar Alexandrov
4x3 welterweight contest
Joshua v Povetkin betting odds: Who is the bookies' favourite?
Anthony Joshua heads into this fight as a hot favourite at 1/8 but Alexander Povetkin could prove tougher than many anticipate having only tasted defeat once in 35 fights - and that was only via unanimous decision against the then heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in 2013.
The Russian, who is also a former Olympic gold medalist like Joshua having topped the podium at Athens 2004, is 7/1 to pull off a big shock at Wembley while the draw is 33/1.
Sky Bet have plenty of markets and RequestABet specials to get involved with (click here for the full list) so here are a quick selection for fans of both rivals to check out...
Method of Victory
- Joshua by KO/TKO (4/11), Joshua by decision (3/1)
- Povetkin by KO/TKO (9/1), Povetkin by decision (25/1)
Selections of specials
- Joshua to win in rounds 1-3 - 4/1
- No knockdowns & Joshua to win on points - 9/2
- Both fighters to be knocked down - 10/1
- Joshua to be knocked down and win - 10/1
- Povetkin to be knocked down and win - 16/1
- Povetkin to be knocked down in rd 5 & Joshua win the fight in rd 6 - 28/1
- Both fighters to be knocked down & fight go the distance - 50/1
- Povetkin to be knocked down in rds 4-6 and Joshua to be knocked down in rds 7-9 - 66/1
- Joshua to be knocked down in rounds 9-10 and Win on Points - 100/1
Fight to go the distance
- Yes: 11/4
- No: 1/4
Odds correct at 17/09/2018
Joshua v Povetkin: Tale of the tape & records
Anthony Joshua completed his astonishingly quick ascent to the pinnacle of the heavyweight division when knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in their showstopping Wembley bout in April 2017, which effectively sent the Ukrainian legend into retirement.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist was already IBF champion before picking up the WBA and IBO belts that memorable night while he added the WBO title to his collection when battling to a points win over Joseph Parker last time out.
Meanwhile, Alexander Povetkin turned pro way back in 2005, a year after winning Olympic gold, and enjoyed his first and only title reign so far from 2011 to 2013 when he was the WBA champion.
He lost that belt via unanimous decision when he fought Wladimir Klitschko in Moscow but that remains the only defeat of the 38-year-old's career so far.
We last saw the Russian on the undercard of Joshua's victory over Joseph Parker and although he knocked David Price out in the fifth round, he did look ruffled on more than one occasion.
Joshua v Povetkin: Betting tips & predictions
Our boxing expert Chris Oliver has previewed the fight and the undercard so check out what he has to say by clicking here.
Joshua v Povetkin: What they've said
Anthony Joshua on this fight
"This isn't a stepping stone. This is a proper fight. One punch can change the course of history. Povetkin knows what he's doing. He's a top-five heavyweight, I'd say. I've seen guys like Povetkin, they're difficult, they're strong fighters so I've got to be smart.
"He's fought guys like me all his life, I'm not new and my size isn't new to him. But I fight taller guys a lot of the time because the heavyweight division does breed a lot of big guys. I don't really fight guys with his height that much, so I'm having to adapt my style, he's not having to adapt his style.
"He's been fighting guys my height for so many years, so it will be easier for him, harder for me."
Anthony Joshua on potentially facing Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder
"They're big fights. Wilder, Fury, Dillian (Whyte), (Luis) Ortiz, (Jarrell) Miller. All of them can get some, so I'm looking forward to all of them. I have to take them on. If one of them lose, it doesn't define their career.
"They'll bounce back and have a fight with me or something like that and it could be one of the great fights that everyone remembers. You can't let one slip-up define your whole career because it's about the long-term, not the short-term."
Alexander Povetkin on his hopes
"The battle for the World title has always been my goal. I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the world and on September 22 I get my opportunity.
"Anthony Joshua has four belts and I want them all. I'm glad that our fight will finally take place, the meeting of two Olympic champions in the ring is destined to be a breath-taking event.
"Joshua is one of the strongest in the division. Anthony is a very strong fighter but I am just as strong. When I fought Klitschko I was much weaker and in worse shape than I am now."
Where can I watch Joshua v Povetkin on TV is there live streaming online?
The fight will be screened live on TV in the UK on Sky Box Office (channel 491 or 492 for HD) and will cost £19.95 - although there is a £5 increase for telephone bookings on the day of the fight.
Sky Sports subscribers can purchase the fight at www.sky.com/boxoffice/Joshua-Povetkin, through their box or telephone 03442 410 888 (in Republic of Ireland it's 0818 220 225).
Whether you're a Sky customer or not, you can also use Sky Sports Box Office to stream the fight live via your PC/Desktop/MAC, NOW TV box, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet. Head to skyboxoffice.neulion.com for full streaming details.
TalkTalk TV customers can also watch the fight on channel 419 via Sky Sports Box Office.