ANTHONY JOSHUA is in an actual “50-50” struggle when he takes on Alexander Povetkin.
That is the opinion of former heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs, who has fired a warning to all those that thinks it is going to be a simple evening for AJ.
The 2 conflict at Wembley Stadium on September 22, with the struggle being proven on Matchroom’s new DAZN streaming app.
Povetkin was the WBO obligatory challenger for Joshua, however because the struggle was introduced, many suppose it is going to be a one-sided affair.
However Briggs, who gained the WBA world title again in 2006 when he knocked out Siarhei Liakhovich within the 12th spherical, believes the struggle may shock a couple of.
Talking to ifLTV, the 46-year-old stated: “He’s in a tricky struggle arising with Povetkin. It’s a 50/50 struggle.
“Belief me, it’s going to be a battle, if he can get previous Joshua’s jab, if he can get inside and make it a struggle.
“He’s superb at punching off the break, he’s superb at springing ahead, this man Povetkin. Very quick at springing ahead.
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“When it breaks he can get at you quick. If he can get inside of Joshua it’s going to be a problem.”
Last time out Povetkin sent David Price one step closer to retirement with a devastating fifth-round KO on the undercard of Joshua’s victory against Joseph Parker.
The 38-year-old Russian has lost just once in 35 fights back in 2013 – against the man AJ knocked out into retirement, Wladimir Klitschko.