December date for Fury v Wilder

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 22, 2018

The 28-year-old was a career-heaviest 18st 2lbs against Carlos Takam in 2017.

Joshua, the 2012 Olympic champion in London, comes into Saturday's contest - with 80,000 spectators expected - having won all 21 of his professional bouts, although his last fight, against New Zealand's Joseph Parker in Cardiff in March, saw him go the distance for the first time as a pro before he secured a unanimous points decision.

Fury has previously held the unified WBA, WBO and IBO world titles after beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, but vacated the belts a year later.

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. It is going to be an exciting fight, an explosive fight, and one for the legacy.

"We are also seeing plenty of interest in our knock-down specials with Joshua to be knocked down at 5/1 and Povetkin at 3/1".

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.

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Povetkin said after the weigh-in he was not bothered by the development.

"It's a very comfortable and good weight for me, I feel great", he said, via a translator.

"It's very pleasant for me to see fans of mine here in England rooting for me". When I fought Klitschko, I was much weaker and in worse shape than I am now.

Despite the weight advantage, Joshua insists he is agile enough to bring up his 22nd professional victory.

"He's going to be quick, going to be fast, so I'll put on my dancing shoes and be fast with my feet", the champion told Sky Sports.

Meanwhile, former Nigerian boxer, Obisia Nwakpa, has advised Joshua to approach today's fight with caution saying: "The two boxers have come a long way in this game, but as a coach and former boxer, what I am looking for is the man who is more technical, and has the power punch".

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