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Joshua vs Povetkin: Anthony Joshua’s weigh-in result must strike perfect stability, says Eddie Hearn | Boxing News

Last Updated: 21/09/18 6:01am

Anthony Joshua’s weigh-in result must blend “speed and size” to nullify Alexander Povetkin, says promoter Eddie Hearn.

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The IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua will go face to face with his challenger for the final time before they fight at Friday’s weigh-in, where he is likely to be approximately one stone heavier.

Joshua was a career-heaviest 18st 2lbs against Carlos Takam last year but trimmed down to 17st 4lbs in his last fight against Joseph Parker.

Against Parker he wanted speed, and against Takam he wanted size. Now he needs both.

Eddie Hearn

  • Parker – 17st 4lbs
  • Takam – 18st 4lbs
  • Klitschko – 17st 12lbs
  • Molina – 17st 12lbs

Asked if Joshua would prioritise speed or size against Povetkin, Hearn told Sky Sports: “He needs a bit of both. Against Parker he wanted speed, and against Takam he wanted size.

“Now he needs both. He needs the speed to beat Povetkin to the punch and the bulk to absorb what will come back.

“Povetkin is very strong and very bullish. AJ has to use his size to push him back, but also needs to use his speed because Povetkin is not slow.”

Roll with the punches!

Full details from AJ & Povetkin’s press conference

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Joshua and Povetkin go head to head at their final press conference

Joshua and Povetkin go head to head at their final press conference

Russia’s Povetkin, who has just one defeat in 35 fights, weighed-in at 16st 5lbs for his most recent victory over David Price – nearly a stone lighter than Joshua’s most recent measurements.

“He’s one of the lightest heavyweights but that means he has speed,” Joshua said on Thursday. “I spar cruiserweights like Lawrence Okolie who is fast and sharp.

“His strengths? I work alongside people who have the same strengths.”

Watch Joshua vs Povetkin, at Wembley Stadium, on September 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from 6pm. Book via your Sky remote or book it online here.

Even if you aren’t a Sky TV subscriber you can book and watch it at skysports.com/boxofficelive.

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Anthony Joshua is ready for a tough test from Alexander Povetkin

Anthony Joshua is ready for a tough test from Alexander Povetkin

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