A note before starting: Much of this was written before the Saturday, Sept. 22nd heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin held at Wembley Stadium in London, hence the two parts to the piece—before Wembley, and then upon arrival and afterwards. There is a lot of speculation in the piece about what might happen in the fight, about the atmosphere at Wembley, and, up until the last minute, about whether or not I’d actually get in. Some of what I wrote turned out to be accurate; some didn’t. To borrow a quote from Wladimir Klitschko (before a fight he lost to Anthony Joshua), “I’m not Nostradamus.” Part One: Before Wembley I’ve been thinking about fame—about who has it, who gets it and how they do, ways that it can be amplified, diminished, and usurped—and about how under certain circumstances even regional fame can be extreme fame in terms of generated revenue and fanatical obsession. Advertisement I’ve also been thinking about what in life is fantasy and what is real, and the ways real and fantasy lives can overlap. Because these thoughts were prompted by covering a heavyweight title fight, I’ve been thinking about how the trajectories of three… Read full this story
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