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Joshua vs Povetkin: Trainer makes HUGE claim ahead of Wembley showpiece – EXCLUSIVE | Boxing | Sport

That’s according to Barry McGuigan who reckons the up and coming ace faces a huge threat to Joshua in the future. 

AJ locks horns with Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday evening. 

The Brit star is unbeaten since turning professional in 2013 and Povetkin is a former Olympic Gold medalist. 

But McGuigan, who has been coaching young heavyweight Bakole, says Joshua needs to be more concerned about his rising star. 

He exclusively told Express Sport: “He’s been up sparring with Joshua, he’s been the main sparring partner for the Povetkin fight. 

“I’ve watched him sparring AJ, he really handles himself very well. 

“He’s still relatively immature but his potential is incredible. 

“Without a doubt I can see him facing Joshua [in a competitive fight]. 

“I think this kid is the most exciting heavyweight in the world today. 

“There’s not a question in my mind about it. 

“You look at guys who are higher up the rankings. 

“Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. They all deserve to have more interest and respect because of what they’ve done. 

“But all I’m saying is I see the potential this kid has got in the gym. 

“That’s where the aficionados know. 

“You see what potential they’ve got from their workouts – particularity their sparring – you can tell what they’re capable of. 

“I’m telling you, this kid has got world class written all over him.”

Bakole is 11 and 0 as a professional boxer having made his debut back in 2014. 

He’s set to face Michael Hunter at the York Hall in London on October 13. 

McGuigan has warned Hunter that Bakole is an old-fashioned heavyweight. 

He added: “He is a throwback, he’s not a body beautiful like Anthony Joshua. 

“He’s naturally got very fast hands, great rhythm and great balance. 

“He punches ridiculously hard and moves seamlessly. 

“He’s aggressive, he like to come and get you but I think – in a division that is probably at its most exciting level in 20 years – his potential is as high as it can get.”

Source : EXPRESS

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