Joshua heavier than Povetkin at title weigh

Ruben Ruiz
September 22, 2018

The 28-year-old British boxer has won all 21 of his fights since entering the paid ranks, with 20 by way of knockout, although his last title defence, against New Zealand's Joseph Parker in Cardiff in March, saw him go the distance for the first time as a professional before he secured a unanimous points decision.

Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO belt-holder, weighed in at 111.6 kilograms (246 pounds), slightly more than for his most recent fight against Joseph Parker in March.

Joshua, 28, admitted to feeling under "tons of pressure" as he returns to the scene of arguably his greatest triumph, an 11th-round stoppage of former champion Wladimir Klitschko a year ago.

"We both showed that against Klitschko, dug deep and stayed in there".

"I'm very calm, I feel no pressure and am very happy about this fight taking place so soon".

Joshua, 28, is looking to protect his WBO, WBA, IBF heavyweight titles against the WBA's mandatory challenger from Russian Federation.

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Joshua said Povetkin was one of the toughest challengers.

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And the Watford man said: "There're loads of pressure".

"Roll with the punches, what more can I do than give my best". Anthony is a very strong fighter but I am just as strong.

Joshua said he also respects Povetkin's heart and speed, with the only blemish on the Russian's 35-fight record a 2013 points defeat by Klitschko.

"Coming back here is a blessing", he declared.

"Just signed my contract for the Fury fight", the Bronze Bomber revealed.

The fight has a reported £26m purse with Joshua expected to take home up to £20m while Povetkin will receive £6m.

"When I fought Klitschko, I was much weaker and in worse shape than I am now", he said. "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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