The 6ft 2” Russia Alexander Povetkin may now be 39-years-old, but with just one defeat in a 13-year career. Joshua, will put his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA titles on the line against his WBA mandatory challenger Povetkin.
Joshua holds the greater height and reach environment – Povetkin is actually the shortest opponent with regards to both attributes that AJ has faced.
Povetkin is a former world champion with a daunting record of knockout wins, but Joshua tried to make light of his imposing Russian opponent, insisting he will emerge with a 22nd victory.
Joshua would “100 per cent” consider fighting Deontay Wilder in an undisputed world unification fight in Africa, in homage to the “Rumble in the Jungle” involving Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion
The atmosphere and the energy the stadium creates is unbelievable and I can’t wait to experience it again tomorrow. There will be up to 80,000 fans in there and the support they bring is incredible.
“The 80,000 crowd won’t worry him either. He boxed in front of a crowd that size in Britain when he beat me in Cardiff and he has been everywhere and done everything.
Joshua’s family and the Sagamu Youth Council have said they will support him in his title defence fight against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday.
His uncle Adedamola said “We organised a special prayer for him at the family church and we believe that God will answer our prayers and grant him success. The Joshua family is solidly behind him.”
The town is livened up each time they learn that Anthony has a fight. The atmosphere has been expectant with the approach of the fight. Everyone wants to be a part of Anthony’s success. The family is praying for him to succeed because his success is a pride to us and the country at large.”
Povetkin, who has 24 wins of his 34 wins by knockout, has courted controversy, however, having been banned after twice failing a drugs test for performance-enhancing substances.
Povetkin won gold in the super-heavyweight division at the Athens Olympics in 2004 — the same class in whuch Joshua triumphed in London in 2012.