This mandatory match-up put on hold hopes of a heavyweight unification fight with the American Deontay Wilder but in Povetkin, Joshua faces a fighter of proven pedigree.
The 6ft 2” Russia may now be 39-years-old, but with just one defeat in a 13-year career – Wladimir Klitschko.
But Joshua holds the greater height and reach environment – Povetkin is actually the shortest opponent with regards to both attributes that AJ has faced.
That physical advantage will be highlighted once again when the two fighters step on to the scales for their pre-fight weigh-in at 12.30pm on Friday, and you can follow that plus all the build-up to Saturday’s fight LIVE on Standard Sport.
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