IBF, IBO, WBC, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua landed 35% of his total punches, while opponents landed 21.2%, giving Joshua a plus/minus rating of +13.8- #3 among CompuBox Categorical Leaders. Joshua also landed 38.9% of his power punches.
His offense is his defense, as opponents landed just 7 total punches per round- half the heavyweight avg. of 15.1 and just 3.9 power punches per round- (heavyweight avg.: 9.9). Povetkin, like Joshua, is selective with his punch output and landed 42% of his power shots.
Mandatory challenger Alexnder Povetkin is all about the power punch, as 10.2 of his 12.9 landed punches per round (78%) are power shots.
Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua hit the scales nearly two stones heavier than Russian opponent Alexander Povetkin as the two weighed in for Saturday’s title fight at Wembley Stadium. (photos by Lawrence Lustig, Mark Robinson)
The Briton, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, stepped off with a measurement of 17 stones eight pounds and five ounces compared to the smaller Russian’s 15 stones and 12 pounds.
Joshua, undefeated in his professional career with 20 knockouts in 21 fights, had been four pounds lighter for his previous title bout against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium last March.
Povetkin, the mandatory WBA challenger and like Joshua a past Olympic gold medallist, had weighed in for his previous fight against Britain’s David Price at 16 stones five pounds.
Povetkin, 39 years old and with a 34-1 record, will be fighting in front of an 80,000 strong crowd at a stadium that Joshua calls home. He said he felt great about it.
Joshua said on Thursday he expected Povetkin to be his toughest fight since Ukrainian giant Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua knocked out Klitschko at Wembley in April 2017 and the 2012 Olympic champion has not fought at the stadium since then.
Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic super-heavyweight champion, lost to Klitschko in Moscow in 2013.