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Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Ready For War

Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua hit the scales nearly two stones heavier than Russian opponent Alexander Povetkin as the two weighed in for Saturday's title fight at Wembley Stadium. (photos by Lawrence Lustig, Mark Robinson)

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The Briton, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, stepped off with a measurement of 17 stones eight pounds and five ounces compared to the smaller Russian's 15 stones and 12 pounds.

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Joshua, undefeated in his professional career with 20 knockouts in 21 fights, had been four pounds lighter for his previous title bout against New Zealand's Joseph Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium last March.

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Povetkin, the mandatory WBA challenger and like Joshua a past Olympic gold medallist, had weighed in for his previous fight against Britain's David Price at 16 stones five pounds.

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"He's going to be quick, he's going to be fast. That's why I've got to put on my dancing shoes and be sharp with my feet," said Joshua after the last face-to-face appearance between the two before they meet in the ring.

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"I'm a physical, strong guy. I know how to box. So it will be a good competitive fight," added the 28-year-old, who is 10cm taller than his Russian opponent.

Povetkin, 39 years old and with a 34-1 record, will be fighting in front of an 80,000 strong crowd at a stadium that Joshua calls home. He said he felt great about it.

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"The very least I will do is give everything I have. I do think it's one of my last big chances," said the Russian, speaking through an interpreter.

Joshua said on Thursday he expected Povetkin to be his toughest fight since Ukrainian giant Wladimir Klitschko.

Joshua knocked out Klitschko at Wembley in April 2017 and the 2012 Olympic champion has not fought at the stadium since then.

Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic super-heavyweight champion, lost to Klitschko in Moscow in 2013.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cinci Champ on 09-22-2018

[QUOTE=monkeyboy;19125348]Man, I get really bored with fanboys of anyone and Wilder’s are no different. This is a great fight. Povetkin has only lost to prime Wlad. It’s an excellent test. I love Wilder before any idiots try to start whining…

Comment by Cinci Champ on 09-22-2018

What happened to both these fighters gains? Joshua had the body of a Greek god now all the sudden he lost his gains? Same with povetkin but we know why he did. In all seriousness did they test in this…

Comment by Someone88 on 09-22-2018

This is a great fight! I can't wait, go Joshua!

Comment by The plunger man on 09-22-2018

[QUOTE=BoZz;19127332]You didn't shut down sh**, all you do is cry cry and cry lol Look how mad I got you, getting all abusive :rofl: Povetkin is old and half the size of that coward GayJay, you're comparing him to Tyson…

Comment by BoZz on 09-22-2018

[QUOTE=The plunger man;19127327]Because again your talking age you fkn inbred baboon. Like you did with size and again i shut you down. I would wait a little before you start talking about fury fighting wilder. Fury has a well known…

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