Deontay Wilder has revealed that he believes Alexander Povetkin will be a difficult opponent for Anthony Joshua, according to a report on the Boxing Scene.
WBC champion Wilder thinks that IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion Joshua will be given a huge test by Povetkin and claims that the fight will not be as easy as people think.
Joshua and Povetkin will step into the ring at Wembley Stadium on 22nd September and Wilder believes the Russian can use all his experience to pull off a huge upset.
When speaking about the fight between the two, Wilder said:
I think it’s definitely gonna be a difficult fight for Joshua. I think Povetkin is a good fighter. I really do think he’s a good fighter. I think he’s a smart fighter at times in the ring.
I do think he has problems with tall fighters, but he’s smart. If you give him the opportunity, he will capitalize on it and he will get you out of there.
I think this is gonna be a difficult fight for him because I don’t really think his mindset is gonna be in the right place. With this Povetkin fight, the fans aren’t supporting him as strongly as they once were.
Joshua and Wilder were in talks for several months trying to organise a fight but ultimately, the negotiations broke down.
Wilder has now set his sights on fighting former world champion Tyson Fury, with the fight expected to take place in November.