Anthony Joshua is in a 50-50 fight against Alexander Povetkin, warns former heavyweight world champ Shannon Briggs

That's the opinion of former heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs, who has fired a warning to all those who thinks it will be a straightforward night for AJ.


The two clash at Wembley Stadium on September 22, with the fight being shown on Matchroom's new DAZN streaming app.

Povetkin was the WBO mandatory challenger for Joshua, but since the fight was announced, many think it will be a one-sided affair.

But Briggs, who won the WBA world title back in 2006 when he knocked out Siarhei Liakhovich in the 12th round, believes the fight could surprise a few.

Speaking to ifLTV, the 46-year-old said:  “He’s in a tough fight coming up with Povetkin. It’s a 50/50 fight.

"Trust me, it’s going to be a war, if he can get past Joshua’s jab, if he can get inside and make it a fight.

"He’s very good at punching off the break, he’s very good at springing forward, this guy Povetkin. Very fast at springing forward.

"When it breaks he can get at you quick. If he can get inside of Joshua it’s going to be a problem."

Last time out Povetkin sent David Price one step closer to retirement with a devastating fifth-round KO on the undercard of Joshua's victory against Joseph Parker.

The 38-year-old Russian has lost just once in 35 fights back in 2013 – against the man AJ knocked out into retirement, Wladimir Klitschko.

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