Joshua will defend his WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO titles against the Russian tomorrow night at Wembley Stadium.
Victory over the veteran heavyweight will see Joshua set up a unification bout against the winner of the WBC heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, which is expected to take place later this year.
‘AJ’ went head to head with his 39-year-old Povetkin earlier today at the official weigh-ins, where he weighed in nearly two stone lighter than the champion.
And the Olympian revealed he’s expecting the former WBA (Regular) heavyweight titleholder to pose a big threat to him in terms of speed.
“He’s going to be quick, he’s going to be fast, and that’s why I’m going to put on my dancing shoes and be sharp with my feet.
“Yeah, for sure. I always look at it this way: If they’re strong to the head, take them out to the body. If they’re strong to the body, hit them to the head. Sooner or later they fold.
“I’m a physical strong guy, I know how to box, so it will be a good competitive strong fight.”
Joshua enters his latest Wembley outing as the huge favourite but is by no means overlooking his 22nd professional opponent.
Yeah, definitely,” he said when asked if Povetkin is a tough opponent. “YouTube shows you that. Google shows you that. History, stats, fights, everything shows you that.
“And if anyone doubts it, tune in on Saturday and you’ll see a good fight.