Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

Angelo Anderson
September 22, 2018

Joshua - the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion - tipped the scales at 17 stones and eight pounds in London on Friday.

This fight sees Joshua returning to the scene of arguably his greatest triumph, an 11th-round stoppage of former champion Wladimir Klitschko a year ago.

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.

That meant the Englishman was four pounds heavier than he had been for his victory over Joseph Parker in March, but still lighter than his three contests prior to that fight.

Povetkin, like Joshua a former Olympic champion with his moment of glory coming in Athens in 2004, served notice of his punching power on the undercard of that bout, with a sickening knockout of Britain's David Price.

When it was put to Joshua that losing would not end his career, he replied: "One hundred percent and I know that it could happen because I know how tough this sport is".

The only blemish on the Russian's 35-fight record is a 2013 points defeat by Klitschko.

"I've just signed my portion of the contract of the Wilder vs Fury fight".

"Roll with the punches, what more can I do than give my best".

The Russian was granted a world title shot after Joshua failed to negotiate a fight with Deontay Wilder.

"I'm a physical, strong guy, who knows how to box", said Povetkin. This fight is definitely on and I can't wait, man. I know you have got a big mouth and I know you want to win, but you don't want it like I do.

"I never try to say anything ahead of time, you'll see everything on fight night".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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