Anthony Joshua names top-calibre sparring partners as he prepares for Alexander Povetkin

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been doing hard heavyweight rounds in preparation for Alexander Povetkin with future stars Martin Bakole and Agit Kabayel.

The unified Watford hero faces the Russian drugs cheat on September 22 at Wembley stadium, defending his WBO, IBF and WBA straps.

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And, in preparing for the 6ft 38-year-old, AJ has drafted in two heavy-handed prospects for hard rounds at his Team GB base in Sheffield.

Josh posted a photo of the sweat-soaked trio perched on the ring apron, with the caption: “Good sparring with a Future Champion and European Champion.”

Bakole is the unbeaten Congo-born star based in Scotland with an 11-0 record.

Ring legend Barry McGuigan Barry McGuigan works closely with Bakole and insists he will be ready for a world title tilt in the next 12 months.

 Anthony Joshua will defend his heavyweight world titles against Alexander Povetkin on September 22

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Anthony Joshua will defend his heavyweight world titles against Alexander Povetkin on September 22

German 25-year-old Kabayel is the EBU European champion and shocked British bruiser Dereck Chisora with a points win in Monaco in November 2017.

AJ wants to be crowned the undisputed heavyweight king but will need to land the WBC belt.

Deontay Wilder currently has the green strap but he is set to defend it against Gyosy King Tyson Fury in November.

Anthony Joshua’s left hook is terrifying as he gets into training ahead of his fight with Alexander Povetkin

ANTHONY JOSHUA has been doing hard heavyweight rounds in preparation for Alexander Povetkin with future stars Martin Bakole and Agit Kabayel.