Povetkin toughest fight since Klitschko's bout - Joshua

Lawrence Kim
September 22, 2018

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.

The Povetkin clash was agreed on after both camps of Joshua and WBC world heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder failed to agree on talks for a unification fight.

Joshua has a significant height and reach advantage of several inches over Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic champion.

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

Wilder will have held the WBC title for nearly four years when he meets Fury, with both fighters boasting undefeated records.

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

"It's very pleasant for me to see fans of mine here in England rooting for me".

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.

Joshua said on Thursday he expected Povetkin to be his toughest fight since Ukrainian giant Wladimir Klitschko. When I fought Klitschko, I thought we would have a good boxing match.

You know, two tall guys jab, one-two, one-two hook and I'm probably going to knock him out like I did the rest of the fighters. I have prepared for speed and power.

"I can't wait. It is going to be an exciting fight, and explosive fight, one for the legacy". I know you have got a big mouth and I know you want to win, but you don't want it like I do.

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