Povetkin’s Coach Discusses Training For Joshua
Alexander Povetkin has ended the first stage of training for his battle against fellow Olympic gold medalist and current IBF, IBO, and WBO world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.
Povetkin’s coach, Ivan Kirpa feels like his fighter’s chances against Joshua on September 22nd at Wembley Stadium in London are pretty great.
“The first stage of preparation for the fight with Joshua has ended, the training was good, and we are satisfied with the work that was done. The goals have been achieved, Alexander is a real professional. He understands the seriousness and importance of the upcoming battle, therefore, we worked very responsibly, and I am very pleased with the results of this camp,” said Kirpa.
This is the first chance that Povetkin has got for a world title shot since a scheduled May 2016 fight with WBC world champion, Deontay Wilder. Povetkin would end up testing positive for a banned substance, and would end up failing another test prior to a fight against Bermane Stiverne for the WBA’s interim belt.
Povetkin and Joshua have and will continue to be thoroughly tested for PEDs as part of the agreement for their upcoming fight.
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