AJ goes heavy for Klitschko fight

28 April 2017 11:04:24 EST

Anthony Joshua will be at the heaviest weight of his career when he steps into the ring to face heavyweight rival Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday.

The 27-year-old IBF champion will put his title and 18-fight unbeaten record on the line and fight for the vacant WBA 'super' and IBO belts in front of a sell-out 90,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium.

Joshua has made no secret of the fact that this will be the biggest fight of his career to date and he has opted to add some bulk to help him defeat the two-time former unified world champion.

It's a big step for AJ. He hasn't fought this type of quality of fighter yet. It's going to be challenging for him - but challenging for me as well.

Wladimir Klitschko

The 2012 Olympic gold medal winner came in 10 pounds heavier than Klitschko at 17st 12lbs 2oz and is hopeful of making the fight "as easy as possible".

"All I have to do is make this fight as easy as possible," said Joshua. "With boxing, you seem to enjoy it afterwards.

"When you're competing, it's tunnel vision. Even though there are so many beautiful people coming to watch, for now it has to be about tunnel vision."

Klitschko continued to relish his status as the underdog at the weigh-in on Friday afternoon and he is confident of reclaiming three of the four belts he lost when he was defeated by Tyson Fury in Dusseldorf, Germany, in November 2015.

The 41-year-old Ukrainian said: "I just have this feeling - this is my night.

"It's a big step for AJ. He hasn't fought this type of quality of fighter yet. It's going to be challenging for him - but challenging for me as well."

Joshua is 1/2 to win the fight, 4/6 via a 19th successive stoppage, while Klitschko is 9/5 to win and 6/1 to prevail on points.

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