Anthony Joshua is back in action this weekend as he returns to Wembley Stadium to face off with mandatory Russian challenger Alexander Povetkin.
The unified world heavyweight champion added the WBO belt to his WBA ‘Super’ and IBF crowns earlier this year when he earned a unanimous decision victory over Joseph Parker, dethroning him and going the distance for the first time in hs professional career to date.
That followed on from a stoppage success against Carlos Takam, while everyone remembers the bout beforehand against ‘Dr Steelhammer’, on a night that saw ‘AJ’ become one of the biggest stars of the sport.
Next up for the 28-year-old is Povetkin, who is a potentially dangerous threat and poses a stumbling block for the reigning champion as he returns to Wembley.
Although, in William Hill’s Anthony Joshua betting odds it’s the defending titlist that will take to the ring as the massive favourite to prevail once again in front of the London crowd.
So, ahead of this heavyweight match-up in London, here are five of the best and most promising bets to place for what should be another dramatic night of boxing.
Anthony Joshua to knock out Alexander Povetkin
We start with the most obvious one. Joshua has stopped all but one of his 21 professional opponents to date, having been brought the distance by Joseph Parker.
The Briton will tower above the stocky presence of Povetkin, boasting beneficial height and reach advantages. That should be key to proceedings and ‘AJ’ can be backed at 1/3 to KO the Russian in this latest meeting.
Anthony Joshua to win in rounds 1-6
With the odds for Joshua KO being quite short, there are more encouraging prices when picking the rounds for when it will come to an end on Saturday night.
This fight doesn’t look likely of going the distance and ‘AJ’ is available at much more promising 5/4 to halt Povetkin inside the opening six rounds on his return to Wembley.
Anthony Joshua to win in rounds 7-8
If fans fancy the bout to go a little further beyond the midway point, with Povetkin being a solid and durable challenger, then this is the one to back.
Joshua is 5/1 to end the Russian’s night in rounds seven or eight, a feat which he achieved against both Dillian Whyte and Dominic Breazeale.
Anthony Joshua to win by decision
Of course, there will be those who fancy Povetkin to prove much tougher a test for Joshua than initially expected in the build-up.
The Russian has never been stopped in his career to date, with his sole defeat coming at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko over 12 rounds back in 2013. Therefore, a second successive points victory for ‘AJ’ is a 3/1 shot.
Anthony Joshua to be knocked down
If fans really fancy a bit of an upset then there’s 11/2 available on Joshua to hit the canvas at anytime during this tricky encounter.
He was rocked by Whyte back in 2015 and was sent crashing down to the floor by ‘Dr Steelhammer’ in that Fight of the Year at Wembley last year.