Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

Joann Johnston
September 22, 2018

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 past year.

"We've been away for a while, we're back now with Alexander Povetkin", Joshua told a news conference on Thursday.

"This is not new to me, this feels like home", he said ahead of a bout that pits two former Olympic boxing champions against each other, Joshua having won gold at London 2012 and Povetkin at Athens 2004.

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

The champion is the clear favourite but he was taking nothing for granted and said he had trained for a tough fight.

"He's a proper fighter, he knows what he's doing", said Joshua, who owns the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.

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The 28-year-old, whose parents come from Sagamu in Ogun State, has revealed his sights are fixed on becoming the first man to hold all four major heavyweight world titles - a quest that could be on the cards if he wins on Saturday.

"There's loads of pressure, tons of pressure, it's the reality", said Joshua, who will have a crowd of some 80,000 on his side. I know you have got a big mouth and I know you want to win, but you don't want it like I do. "It's time to just put on a performance".

"I just beat, in my opinion, one of the best heavyweights in Luis Ortiz [by 10th-round knockout on March 3], and now I'm going for the next best in the heavyweight division".

"I didn't see anything in his (Joshua's) eyes".

"Without that Klitschko fight, I wouldn't be as prepared as I am now", Joshua explained.

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