Joshua (21-0, 20 KO's) went the distance for the first time in his professional career in March when he outpointed Joseph Parker. successfully defended his titles against Joseph Parker back in March.
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder may have attempted to steal the limelight today by announcing a date for their WBC heavyweight world title fight, but there is no doubt about heavyweight boxing's biggest draw.
"Flying into London from Moscow, there were a bunch of people in Povetkin t-shirts coming to the fight", Kornilov said. "I have Anthony Joshua in my sights and that's all I'm focused about is this fight". Povetkin is 34-1 on his career with 24 knockouts.
Povetkin, 39, served notice of his punching power on the undercard of that bout, with a sickening knockout of Britain's David Price.
Standing at 6-foot-6 with an 82-inch reach, the 28-year-old Joshua has a noticeable size advantage over the 6-foot-2 Povetkin.
Hatton, 39, said he "wouldn't teach my son" to throw punches in the way that heavyweight champion Wilder, 32, now does.
Joshua said he also respects Povetkin's heart and speed, with the only blemish on the Russian's 35-fight record a 2013 points defeat by Klitschko.
Fury promoter Frank Warren also said that night in the ring that the fight would happen, adding that it would take a few days to work everything out.
Meanwhile, Joshua was over a stone-and-a-half heavier than Povetkin as they weighed in for their fight at Wembley on Friday, Skysports reports.
Povetkin said after the weigh-in he was not bothered by the development.
"AJ is one of the strongest in the division, I'm happy to have this opportunity and we will give the fans a good fight".
"I think that is more of a 50/50 fight".
Commenting on his final fight and loss to Vyacheslav Senchenko in 2012, Hatton told us: "I made my comeback and I fought back from depression and hard times, but it's a comeback I needed to make".
"And as a friend I was anxious, not for his mental health, because mentally he needs to do this or he's going to sit on his couch in years pondering".