LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMEBER 21, 2018) (REUTERS) – World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua weighed in much heavier than challenger Alexander Povetkin on Friday (September 21) ahead of their heavyweight title bought on Saturday night (September 22).
Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion, weighed in at 17 stone and eight pounds (111.6 kilograms) over Povetkin’s 15 stone and 12 pounds (100.7 kilograms).
Joshua told the audience gathered for the weigh in he would have to be “sharp on his feet” to combat his lighter opponent.
The 2012 super-heavyweight Olympic gold medalists, 28, knocked out Ukrainian Klitschko at Wembley in April 2017 and he is returning to the national stadium for the first time for his 22nd professional fight.
Joshua’s last two world title bouts were at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where he beat Carlos Takam before adding the WBO belt in a points win over New Zealander Joseph Parker in March.
The champion is the clear favourite but he was taking nothing for granted and said he had trained for a tough fight.