That is according to his trainer Rob McCracken, who believes Joshua will face a unique challenge against Povetkin due to the Bulgarian standing at four inches shorter than the Brit at 6ft 2in.
With his Wembley showdown only five days away, where his WBA, IBF and WBO belts are on the line, Joshua shared a video on
Anthony Joshua showed off his gym regime ahead of Saturday’s fight with Alexander Povetkin
Joshua fights the Bulgarian at Wembley to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts
Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken, says the 28-year-old continues to get better and better
From squats on the TRX machine to agility work with a medicine ball, Joshua has continued his trademark relentless gym workout to ensure he will be at the peak of his powers on Saturday.
Joshua is also filmed testing his core and neck strength by resisting a trainer pushing against him. As well as training to test and increase his strength, Joshua is filmed on an exercise bike and treadmill, as well going through reaction training.
Joshua captioned the video ‘training files’ on Instagram.
The 28-year-old is aiming to extend his unbeaten professional record to 22 matches – on September 22 – but despite his size advantage of four inches, McCracken has warned that it doesn’t necessarily translate.
‘Povetkin is very dogged and awkward and powerful and squat, so he makes it hard for you to find the gaps to hit him with jabs,’ McCracken told
‘You’ve just got to pick your spots with Povetkin, and you’ve got to avoid his hooks over the top, and he comes in square as well, so that poses certain difficulties as well.’
Joshua will be facing a fighter who is four inches shorter than him
Joshua faces Povetkin looking to extend his unbeaten career record to 22 fights
McCracken said Joshua’s in-fight management, as well as physicality, add to his improvement
McCracken says Povetkin’s height will pose Joshua with a unique challenge on Saturday
McCracken believes that, on top of Joshua’s physical condition, his in-fight management during rounds is also stepping up his overall level.
‘He’s improving technically all the time, he’s improving in his knowledge and how to box a round, and how to have a breather, and how to tie somebody up, as opposed to fighting for the whole round, so he gets better all the time,’ McCracken said.
And should Joshua, as expected, emerge victorious and extend his unbeaten professional record, then McCracken believes he will eventually nail down an agreement to take on Deontay Wilder.
Povetkin’s only career loss was against Wladimir Klitschko in October 2013
McCracken (left) believes Joshua will take on Deontay Wilder if he beats Povetkin
Nationality: United Kingdom
Height: 6ft 6in (198cm)
Reach: 82in (208cm)
Height: 6ft 2in (188cm)
Reach: 75in (191cm)
‘Listen, this is what boxing is all about. If AJ comes through Povetkin, which certainly won’t be easy, he’ll fight them all,’ McCracken said.
Povetkin is 11 years older than Joshua and has 34 wins from 35 fights.
His solitary loss was against Wladimir Klitschko in October 2013, who Joshua defeated at Wembley in an epic 11-round contest in 2017.