Alexander Povetkin was last seen brutally knocking out David Price back in March on the Whyte-Browne undercard and will aim to deal with Anthony Joshua in the same fashion on September 22 at Wembley.
“In terms of that performance, you can see he knows how to knock someone out,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“He’s got a great left hook. Triple left hook sometimes, he throws. So basically he showed that he knows how to knock someone out. I showed that night that I know how to go 12 rounds”
Povetkin has an impressive record of 24 knockouts from 35 fights, with his only defeat coming to Wladimir Klitschko five years ago by unanimous decision.
Furthermore, Joshua was taken the distance for the first time in his career against Joseph Parker back in March, but has vowed the fans will see the old Joshua against Povetkin.
Joshua: You will see the old Joshua come September 22
“Parker survived, no disrespect to him, but he went onto the back foot,” Joshua said. “I boxed cleverly because I thought I was fighting Deontay Wilder next so I didn’t get involved. Now, I’ve had time to reflect on my performance and I think I’ll go back to the old me.
“No worries about who is next. I know who is supposed to be next. Is it Parker, Wilder, Kubrat Pulev, Povetkin?
“I’ll go guns blazing.”
“What do I have to do to beat him? Just be confident and believe in myself. I’ve been taught how to fight and I can definitely do that.”
Povetkin said at Wednesday’s Wembley press conference that “experience” would be key, but Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken disagreed.
“Povetkin has power, a very good jab which is underrated,” McCracken said. “Joshua is 10 years younger, height, reach, power and ability. That will show in the fight.”
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