Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder confirmed for December 1

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder confirmed for December 1

British-born Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, has insisted he will have to "put on his dancing shoes" after weighing in nearly two stone heavier than Alexander Povetkin ahead of their world title showdown at Wembley Stadium this evening.

Joshua was a solid 17st 12lbs against Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017.

"We've been away for a while, we're back now with Alexander Povetkin", Joshua told a news conference on Thursday.

It is not only the would-be challengers who are making disparaging remarks but, after talks to decide an undisputed world champion came to nought, for the first time in Joshua's remarkable career some of the punters are grumbling.

"Just signed my portion of the contract of the Wilder versus Fury fight". I know you have got a big mouth and I know you want to win, but you don't want it like I do.

That meant the Englishman was four pounds heavier than he had been for his victory over Joseph Parker in March, but still lighter than his three contests prior to that fight.

"Skills and technique apart, we both have a big heart and can dig deep", said Joshua.

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"This fight has a diplomatic connotation", the former British and Commonwealth champion said.

"Well, ' said the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO title holder, 'He will come at me quick fire".

"There's loads of pressure, tons of pressure, it's the reality", said Joshua, who will have a crowd of some 80,000 on his side. "I'd rather have no money and win than 200 billion pounds ($261.5 billion) and lose", he added. It's not new to me any more.

"It's Chapter Two to a certain degree but I just feel relaxed and calm".

The fight has a reported £26m purse with Joshua expected to take home up to £20m while Povetkin will receive £6m. When I fought Klitschko, I was much weaker and in worse shape than I am now.

"I never try to say anything ahead of time, you'll see everything on fight night".

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