LONDON — This was speculated to be the week Anthony Joshua accomplished his whirlwind six-year journey from Olympic gold medalist to undisputed world heavyweight champion.
Deontay Wilder ought to have been the opponent, Las Vegas probably the venue. As an alternative, Joshua has to take a detour.
The 28-year-old Briton was again dwelling in London on Thursday, able to fulfil his obligatory obligations by going through Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.
It’s not the struggle he wished — Wilder, the WBC champion, stays his No. 1 precedence — however he is aware of it’s one other vital step towards his final purpose of unifying the division.
The final time Joshua fought at Wembley, it was in entrance of about 90,000 spectators in opposition to Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017. An analogous-sized crowd is anticipated on Saturday.
Joshua, the IBF, WBO and WBA titleholder, says “I really feel relaxed and calm. It’s not new to me anymore. I really feel like that is dwelling and the place I’m going to carry out.”