As the sporting world wonders who heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will fight next, a new contender has emerged at the front of the queue.
Russia's 'White Lion' Alexander Povetkin knocked out David Price on the Joshua vs Joseph Parker undercard in March to retain his WBA intercontinental and WBO international heavyweight titles, and was named as mandatory challenger for Joshua's WBA (Super) belt the week after.
The fearsome Russian has carved out one of the most impressive CV's on the heavyweight circuit, with a record of 34 victories in 35 fights - his only defeat coming at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko in 2013.
Povetkin, a former Olympic champion has a high-class pedigree, and British fans saw first hand the frightening power he possesses when he dismantled David Price in five rounds in Cardiff.
He also has on his resume an impressive victory over Carlos Takam, a man who proved such a nuisance for Joshua in their bout last autumn.
With all the talk surrounding who Joshua may fight next, whether it be Wilder or Povetkin, a video has emerged online showing just how dangerous the latter can be.
A slow-mo video has been posted showing some of the Russian's most brutal knockouts in his illustrious boxing career, and it just goes to show what damage he can do.
Take a look at the video yourself and see the brutality he possesses.
Frightening. Brutal. Powerful. A contender for 'AJ', that's for sure.
The Russian's promoter Vadim Kornilov is adamant that a fight between his fighter and Joshua is close to being agreed, and is extremely bullish about his chances.
“The chances for a fight to happen are very high. Alexander really wants this fight, we'll do everything to make it. “And Joshua, I think, will not have options to avoid the fight.”
“Right now Alexander is not even thinking about fighting anyone else. Alexander is one of the most experienced fighters in this weight class,” he said.
“Alexander has faced a lot more experienced opponents than Joshua. Povetkin is a top-level fighter who does not need any more experience, he just needs one more opportunity to show what he can do.”
As negotiations between the Joshua camp and undefeated WBC champ Deontay Wilder are proving to be protracted and tortuous, the 'White Lion' may finally get his shot at glory against AJ.
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