Povetkin toughest fight since Klitschko's bout - Joshua

Joshua weighs in 11 kilograms heavier than Povetkin

If Joshua gets the victory Saturday, it could set up a long-awaited bout with Wilder, who now holds the WBC world heavyweight title and has a 40-0 record that includes 39 knockouts.

Povetkin's defeat by Klitschko came on the same night Joshua made his professional debut by stopping the little-known Emanuele Leo at the 02 Arena, when even for all of the excitement surrounding Joshua, it was Klitschko-Povetkin that demanded the greatest attention.

"I was going to fight Luis Ortiz three or four years ago", Whyte said. Joshua landed a few good uppercuts and left hooks and likely took the round with his accurate punching.

"We'll try again with Team Wilder to make the fight".

'Tonight was about getting that big banana skin of Alexander Povetkin out the way.

'Let's see whats happening on April 13. And if it is not Wilder next up, Joshua could find himself facing the 27-0 Tyson Fury after Povetkin.

Some nasty damage above the left eye did not dissuade the challenger and the fight was up for grabs at halfway before Joshua - now with a ideal record of 22 victories from as many professional contests - sensationally took the scorecards out of the equation. Povetkin was aggressive and tried to hurt Joshua with short right hands, but often landed on the guard of Joshua or swung at air.

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But Joshua, who had a four-inch height advantage and weighed in almost two stones heavier (246 pounds to Povetkin's 222), made better use of his jab later in the third round.

Alexander Povetkin scaled his lightest for almost nine years at yesterday's weigh-in but says he does not feel any pressure ahead of tonight's world heavyweight title challenge against Anthony Joshua, despite giving away more than 24 pounds to the champion.

Joshua, 28, originally from Watford but now living in north London and training in Sheffield, was more composed in the fourth round and his work left Povetkin cut above his left eye.

But Povetkin could do nothing to repel the punches that rained down on him in the deciding seventh round.

However, Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, ultimately elected to go for a deal with Povetkin, one of Joshua's mandatory challengers.

Povetkin looked hurt but was able to get back to his feet, but was still badly hurt.

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