WBC silver heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte has weighed in with his opinion ahead of Anthony Joshua's bout with Alexander Povetkin on Saturday.
Joshua faces experienced Russian fighter Povetkin on home turf at Wembley Stadium, but is sure to face a test against a fighter that has only lost once in his professional career.
Whyte knows a thing or two about facing Joshua. Having beaten AJ in his first amateur bout over three rounds in 2009, they would meet again in 2015 in a British Heavyweight title bout that Joshua took via a knockout victory.
Now, Whyte has revealed that he is confident that Joshua has too much in the locker for the ageing Povetkin and that he can see an early stoppage in the fight.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Whyte said: “It’s a great fight, but I believe AJ is not what Povetkin was a few years ago and possibly better as well, and bigger and stronger.
"I see AJ stopping him inside the first five or six rounds.
“I think it’s going to be a good fight. Povetkin is tough and he’s experienced, I just think too much mileage on the clock and at 39 years old.
"You’re going up against someone who’s 28, he’s unified champion, he’s got a lot of confidence and he’s improving constantly.
"Povetkin has plateaued out. Povetkin is where he is. He’s never going to get any better. If anything he’s going to get worse and worse.”
If Joshua comes through this mandatory challenge against Povetkin, there is the potential for a much anticipated unification bout to be agreed between AJ's team and Deontay Wilder.
The bout would depend on Wilder winning his own fight against the dangerous Tyson Fury and the two teams getting past the stumbling blocks that prevented an agreement this year.
There is the possibility then that Whyte and Joshua may meet again soon, and 'The Body Snatcher' has suggested that if they did, the result might be very different.
He said, via Sky Sports: "When me and him fight, who knows? He might just revert back to type and then we can have a proper slugfest.
"We've both improved massively. He's undefeated world champion, I'm No 1-ranked contender across the board, so the style we're going to choose, and the way we're going to approach the fight this time, it will be a lot different.
"Last time we were just young and upcoming prospects, but now we're proper seasoned professionals".
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