WORLD heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua expects his title defence against Russian Alexander Povetkin on Saturday to be his toughest fight since Wladimir Klitschko — and to end with a similar outcome.
Joshua knocked out Ukrainian Klitschko at Wembley in April 2017 and the 2012 Olympic champion is returning to the national stadium for the first time for his 22nd professional fight.
Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic super-heavyweight champion and WBA’s mandatory challenger, lost to Klitschko in Moscow in 2013 — the only defeat in the 39-year-old’s professional career to date.
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.
Saturday is the first of a two-fight deal at Wembley and Joshua said he felt at ease.