Fellow British heavyweight Daniel Dubois has cautioned Anthony Joshua of Alexander Povetkin’s savvy ring craft ahead of the heavyweight matchup on September 22.
Dubois, who has trained with Joshua in the past, recently visited Russia to train with Povetkin and now has a unique insight into both fighters' strengths and weaknesses.
Povetkin, 39, has proven himself as a tough opponent in the past and exhibited his incredible knockout power when he ruthlessly stopped David Price on the undercard of Joshua’s last fight in April.
Looking to help his fellow compatriot, Dubois has attempted to expose the threat of Povetkin.
"Of course he feels strong, and he’s a good technical fighter,” Dubois told The Metro.
“He’s very clever and savvy in the ring and you can see he’s very experienced,
“He’s a very technical fighter. He’s been in the game a long, long time. He’s got a lot knowledge about boxing, and he’s got good ring craft.”
Povetkin's choice of sparring opponents first attracted headlines after Joe Joyce rejected the opportunity to go to Russia because he didn't want to be seen as helping an opponent against a fellow British fighter.
But for Dubois, that issue never really crossed his mind.
“As a fighter, I don’t think like that,” he added.
“At the end of the day it’s about you and being professional about your job. This is your job and I approach it as such.”
“Learn wherever I can. I don’t get a lot of work in England, sparring wise. This is perfect for me to come out here and get more experience.”
Some may have thought Povetkin would try to lean on the young Brit for some potential tips on how to handle Joshua as Dubois reportedly knocked down the world champion when they sparred.
But Dubois says the Russian made no attempt to gain any inside information from him during their time in camp.
“He’s very professional. They know themselves how they’re going to approach the fight, they don’t need me.
"‘[Povetkin brought me] in mainly for my youth, I’m young and strong.”
“My speed too, because I’ve got a lot more to learn, experience wise, but I’ve youth, power and speed on my side.”
Dubois’ sparring sessions with Povetkin are perhaps far more significant for his own upcoming fight with 43-fight veteran Kevin Johnson on October 6.