Heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua hit the scales almost two stones heavier than Russian opponent Alexander Povetkin as the two weighed in for Saturday's title fight at Wembley Stadium.
The fight promises to be Joshua's toughest bout since his thrilling stoppage of former champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in April past year. He successfully defended the three titles against Carlos Takam on October 28, 2017 in Cardiff.
"We've been away for a while, we're back now with Alexander Povetkin", Joshua told a news conference on Thursday.
"I'm very calm, I feel no pressure and am very happy about this fight taking place so soon".
"I never try to say anything ahead of time, you'll see everything on fight night". I've come to a stage now where I have a deep world and my hearts big.
It will be AJ's first fight since he beat Joseph Parker on points in March with Povetkin knocking out David Price on the undercard of that fight. Joshua has promised a breaking down job, the crowd will want a knockout and Povetkin will be determined to crash the Wembley party.
Anthony Joshua meets the Russian at Wembley tonight with his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles on the line.
"So with Povetkin, I'm completely focused, but also focused on having a good scrap, and don't mind coming away with a black eye and a cut nose because I want to give a bit to take a bit". "I'll go out there and find a way to win".
Saturday's fight offers Povetkin a chance to win back the WBA title that he lost to Klitschko after four title defenses. "It's time to put on a performance". "I have Anthony Joshua in my sights and that's all I'm focused about is this fight". "I feel like this is home". Povetkin'scareer has been on a bit of an up-and-down in the recent past as failed drug tests in 2016 and 2017 kept him out of scheduled matches against Deontay Wilder and Bermane Stiverne, respectively.