Daniel Dubois has warned Anthony Joshua to not underestimate Alexander Povetkin’s intelligence when the pair meet within the ring.
Joshua takes on large puncher Povetkin on 22 September on his return to Wembley, however Dubois not too long ago spent per week in Russia sparring within the title challenger’s camp.
Povetkin launched a snap of him and Dubois in camp, and the session is simply the newest of excessive profile sparring companions Dubois has gone toe-to-toe with, having educated with Joshua previously.
Dubois even claims to have knocked Joshua down in one in all their session, and the British heavyweight revealed what makes Povetkin so harmful.
‘In fact he feels sturdy, and he’s a great technical fighter,’ Dubois informed Metro.co.uk.
‘He’s very intelligent and savvy within the ring and you’ll see he’s very skilled.
‘He’s a really technical fighter. He’s been within the recreation a protracted, very long time. He’s received so much data about boxing, and he’s received good ring craft.’
Povetkin approached a number of heavyweights for sparring, however Dubois’ fellow novice Joe Joyce turned down the chance as he didn’t need to assist a rival put together for a British fighter.
‘As a fighter I don’t assume like that,’ Dubois stated about Joyce’s considerations.
‘On the finish of the day it’s about you and being skilled about your job. That is your job and I method it as such.
‘Be taught wherever I can. I don’t get loads of work in England, sparring smart. That is excellent for me to come back out right here and get extra expertise.’
Povetkin has demonstrated some improbable knockout energy, and reminded the world of his skills when he stopped David Worth in brutal trend on the undercard of Joshua’s final battle in April.
It was an opportunity for Joshua to get an up shut look, however Dubois admitted he didn’t ‘actually discover Povetkin’s energy’ throughout their sparring, and was extra involved with the 39-year-old’s lure setting.
Povetkin might have felt having a fighter in camp who claims to have floored Joshua in sparring can be a bonus, however Dubois insists he by no means requested about his expertise with AJ.
‘Oh no, I don’t assume so,’ Dubois replied when requested if Povetkin was after inside info.
‘He’s very skilled. They know themselves how they’re going to method the battle, they don’t want me.’
He added: ‘[Povetkin brought me] in primarily for my youth, I’m younger and robust.
‘My velocity too, as a result of I’ve received much more to be taught, expertise smart, however I’ve youth, energy and velocity on my aspect.’
Dubois, Eight-Zero, was in Russia to organize for his 6 October bout with 43-fight veteran Kevin Johnson.