Joshua heavier than Povetkin at title weigh

Sergio Cunningham
September 22, 2018

Joshua also earned around £20 million for his clash with Joseph Parker in March but his payday will increase even more if he gets through Povetkin unscathed and agrees to fight the victor of Wilder and Tyson Fury for the WBC title.

At 39 years, he is 11 years Joshua's senior but has a proven pedigree in the ring having been defeated just once in 35 fights across a 13-year career. My coaches wonder what I'm doing in sparring, so sometimes I'll tell them to hit me because I know how to throw punches.

Joshua, 28, knocked out Ukrainian Klitschko at Wembley in April 2017 and the 2012 Olympic champion is returning to the national stadium for the first time for his 22nd professional fight. I've come to a stage now where I have a deep world and my hearts big.

Joshua will put his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight title belts on the line against a potentially unsafe opponent. Joshua has promised a breaking down job, the crowd will want a knockout and Povetkin will be determined to crash the Wembley party.

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And the Watford man said: "There're loads of pressure. I know how to fight, but the question is what I can take when it comes back".

"It's very pleasant for me to see fans of mine here in England rooting for me. I'll go out there and find a way to win".

"Povetkin is unsafe", Joshua said in the build-up to tonight's fight.

"Coming back here is a blessing", he declared. "I have Anthony Joshua in my sights and that's all I'm focused about is this fight". "It's time to just put on a performance". It's not new to me any more. Povetkin'scareer has been on a bit of an up-and-down in the recent past as failed drug tests in 2016 and 2017 kept him out of scheduled matches against Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne, respectively. "It's been proven. There hasn't been a time in boxing since I've been an amateur that I haven't been on top".

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