Joshua to push for victory

17 July 2018 00:59:25 GMTPlus10

Anthony Joshua says that he will push his body to breaking point in his pursuit of victory against the Russian Alexander Povetkin.

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that the two will meet at Wembley Stadium on 22nd September with Joshua hoping to successfully defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.

I will push myself to breaking point to make sure I am in peak condition.

Anthony Joshua

Unbeaten in 21 professional fights, Joshua will take to the ring for the first time since beating New Zealander Joseph Parker in March and he is excited to be coming back, though he admits Povetkin will be a tough opponent.

He told reporters: "Povetkin is a serious challenge that I will prepare meticulously for, he has serious pedigree, and only a fool would underestimate what he brings to the table.

"Training hasn't stopped for me, but the next 10 weeks ahead will be intense both mentally and physically.

"I will push myself to breaking point to make sure I am in peak condition for another huge night for British boxing at Wembley Stadium."

Povetkin, now aged 38, was the WBA title holder between 2011 and 2013. He has only suffered one defeat in 34 fights, that by Wladimir Klitschko in October 2013.

He was last in action on the same night as Joshua beat Parker, appearing on the undercard in Cardiff, beating the British fighter David Price by a knockout.

On the prospect of fighting Joshua, he said: "The battle for the World title has always been my goal.

"I fought for the moment to face the strongest in the world and on 22 September I get my opportunity."

Joshua is 1.10 to win September's fight with Povetkin 7.00. Joshua is 1.36 to win by a knockout, technical knockout or disqualification.

The fight is 3.75 to go the distance.

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