Joshua takes on Povetkin in heavyweight title bout tomorrow

Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has described a return to London's Wembley Stadium for the latest defence of his title belts in front of a home crowd on Saturday as "a blessing".

"Coming back is a blessing - it's time to put on a performance", said Joshua at a Wembley news conference on Thursday.

Povetkin, however, served notice of his formidable punching power with a sickening knockout of Britain's David Price on the Joshua-Parker undercard at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

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

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", added Joshua, whose management have yet to secure a heavyweight unification fight with World Boxing Council champion Deontay Wilder. "We both showed that against Klitschko".

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


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.

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.

"You've got the WBC heavyweight champion of the world versus the lineal champion".

"It's Chapter Two to a certain degree but I just feel relaxed and calm. I work alongside people who have the same strengths".

Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic super-heavyweight champion and WBA's mandatory challenger, lost to Klitschko in Moscow in 2013 - the only defeat in the 39-year-old's professional career to date.

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