Joshua adds weight for boxing title fight against lighter Povetkin


Anthony Joshua could have been earning £37 million against Deontay Wilder but he will instead look to defend his titles before he turns his gaze to another unification fight.

Joshua (21-0, 20 KO's) went the distance for the first time in his professional career in March when he outpointed Joseph Parker. successfully defended his titles against Joseph Parker back in March. The WBA ordered the fight after Povetkin knocked out David Price on the Joshua-Parker undercard.

World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) titles will be on the line - weighed in yesterday at 17 stone 8 pounds (111.5 kilogrammes), whilst 39-year-old Povetkin tipped the scales at 15st 12lbs.

Joshua said on Thursday he expected Povetkin to be his toughest fight since Ukrainian giant Wladimir Klitschko. I've come to a stage now where I have a deep world and my hearts big. Every week we have a live Cord Cutting Q&A, and weekly Cord Cutting recap shows exclusively on our YouTube Channel! The one loss came at the hands of Klitschko back in 2013.

Wilder said in a video posted to his Instagram account that he just defeated one of the best heavyweights in the world in Luis Ortiz earlier this year and that he's now coming for the next best fighter in the division.

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"I can't wait, it's going to be an exciting fight, it will be one for the legacy".

"I know you have got a big punch and I know you are unbeaten".

Returning to fight at Wembley for the first time since that night, Joshua has admitted the fear of losing is always there and that he will have to be at his best to beat his opponent.

"I'm a physical, strong guy, who knows how to box", said Povetkin. "It's time to put on a performance".

Also after engaging in an icy final stare-down, Alexander Povetkin is feeling "no pressure" ahead of today's heavyweight clash with Anthony Joshua.