Not long ago Joshua admitted he was looking to the Deontay Wilder fight already but with Alexander Povetkin just two days away his focus has been sharpened since then.

He’d be crazy to look past Russian heavyweight Povetkin, really.

A former Olympic and World champion who’s never been stopped, carries knockout power in either hand and has arguably better technical boxing ability than Joshua.

Joshua knows he’ll have to be at his best to Povetkin and speaking today at the final presser he said:

“We both have a big heart and we can dig deep, so that always turns out for a good fight. The one who’s toughest will come out victorious. When I look at this weight, he’s one of the lighter heavyweights, but that means he’s got a lot of speed and is a quick fighter. But I train against amateur guys that are just as quick as him… With a good fight, I’ll always find a way. Povetkin is one of my toughest challengers to date so that’s where my focus has been… My body has been broken down and rebuilt back up through this camp like never before.”

Wise words.

He’ll need to be at his very peak to get the job done this weekend.

All hype aside.