Anthony Joshua weighs in nearly two stone heavier than Alexander Povetkin

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Britain's Anthony Joshua (L) poses by his challenger Russia's Alexander Povetkin during a joint press conference at Wembley stadium in London on September 20, 2018, ahead of the title defense boxing match on Saturday.

The fight has a reported £26m purse with Joshua expected to take home up to £20m while Povetkin will receive £6m.

Joshua, 28, admitted to feeling under "tons of pressure" as he returns to the scene of arguably his greatest triumph, an 11th-round stoppage of former champion Wladimir Klitschko previous year.

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

Wilder has 39 knockouts in 40 fights and has scored knockouts in each of his previous seven title defenses.

In the buildup to Saturday's fight, Joshua has talked about how he trained with cruiserweights to prepare for Povetkin's smaller build. The Russian had weighed 16st 5lb for his last fight with David Price, which took place on the undercard of the Joshua-Parker bout in Cardiff. The bodies also agreed that Joshua would be named the super champion should he defeat Povetkin.

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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.

Meanwhile, Joshua was over a stone-and-a-half heavier than Povetkin as they weighed in for their fight at Wembley on Friday, Skysports reports. I have prepared for speed and power.

"The very least I will do is give everything I have". Anthony is a very strong fighter but I am just as strong.

"When I fought Klitschko, I was much weaker and in worse shape than I am now", he said.

Despite the weight advantage, Joshua insists he is agile enough to bring up his 22nd professional victory. "That's why I've got to put on my dancing shoes and be sharp with my feet", Joshua said in response to his opponent's weight.

"I'm a physical, strong guy who knows how to box so it'll be a good, competitive fight".

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