PICTURED: Alexander Povetkin looks WORSE FOR WEAR following Daniel Dubois sparring

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Alexander Povetkin came out of a sparring session with Daniel Dubois this week looking somewhat worse for wear during preparations for his clash with Anthony Joshua next month.

The former WBA ‘regular’ heavyweight champion drafted in Joshua’s compatriot Dubois to mimic his opponent’s muscular build but was red-faced and bruised on the back of trading blows with the youngster.

At 38, Povetkin is past his best as proven when almost taken out by David Price earlier this year and should be easy work for Joshua if the picture from the Dubois session is anything to go by.

A win for Joshua is set to lead the unified king into a grudge rematch with Dillian Whyte next April, and at odds of 8/1 against with some bookmakers, the Russian doesn’t stand much of a chance.

Dubois, 20, is on the rise and could be in the mix for a vacant British title fight against Dave Allen later in 2018 if Hughie Fury gives up the belt to focus on landing another world title fight.

The Londoner is back in action on October 6 in Leicester against ex-Joshua opponent Kevin Johnson and will be aiming to go one better than ‘AJ’ at Leicester Arena.

Joshua took care of the seasoned American in two rounds back in 2015 and Dubois is forging a path of destruction all of his own, having stopped all eight of his foes thus far.

It’s taken Dubois just 17 rounds to dispatch of everyone put in front of him, with some even tipping the former amateur star as a future challenger to Joshua himself.

As things stand, the English champion remains on a learning curve and will have to deal with Johnson in style in order to move on to the next level.

For Povetkin, the signs don’t look good for September 22 as the veteran bids to avoid only the second loss of his long career at Wembley Stadium.