Anthony Joshua weighs in nearly two stone heavier than Alexander Povetkin

Lewis Collier
September 22, 2018

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua expects his title defence against Russian Alexander Povetkin on Saturday to be his toughest fight since Wladimir Klitschko and to end with a similar outcome.

The 28-year-old was a career-heaviest 18st 2lbs against Carlos Takam in 2017.

"Coming back is a blessing - it's time to put on a performance", said Joshua at a Wembley news conference on Thursday. The WBA ordered the fight after Povetkin knocked out David Price on the Joshua-Parker undercard. "We both showed that against Klitschko. It is officially on ladies and gentleman, this fight is definitely on", said Wilder, who confirmed an official announcement would come next week. He is one of the lightest heavyweights but that means he has speed.Povetkin, speaking through a translator, said: "I think I am in very good shape, I've had a good camp". The fight will show everything.

"I'm up against one of the best fighters in the world, he's a top three fighter in the world, so I have got to be on my A game", he explained.

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"Without that Klitschko fight, I wouldn't be as prepared as I am now", Joshua explained.

He appears to have found his comfort zone now but he still came in nearly two stone heavier than Povetkin, who registered 15st 12lbs on the scales on Friday.

"I just beat, in my opinion, one of the best heavyweights in Luis Ortiz [by 10th-round knockout on March 3], and now I'm going for the next best in the heavyweight division".

"So who am I to go undefeated?.I have lost before as an amateur and that didn't deter me from getting where I am today", added the London 2012 Olympic champion.

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