Anthony Joshua shares emotional throwback snap of him as young kid with mum and siblings as he prepares for Alexander Povetkin showdown

ANTHONY JOSHUA has posted an emotional throwback to his youth as he counts down the days to his heavyweight unification scrap.

The image shared on Instagram shows Anthony with his mum, Yeta Odusanya, his brother Jacob and his two sisters Janet and Loretta.

 Anthony Joshua took time out of his tough training schedule to remember his time as a child

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Anthony Joshua took time out of his tough training schedule to remember his time as a child
 Anthony Joshua may be closing in on his unification fight against Alexander Povetkin - but he has good memories of the past

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Anthony Joshua may be closing in on his unification fight against Alexander Povetkin – but he has good memories of the past

Joshua captioned it: “Before social media was a thing we used to dance & sing. It was family over everything".

AJ takes on Alexander Povetkin on September 22 at Wembley Stadium in London for the WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight titles.

And the 28-year-old insists he will still face the WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder and the returning Tyson Fury even if he loses against Povetkin.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Joshua said: "We're going to fight regardless because we're the same weight category, and we're in the same era, and it's the fight that people want to see.

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You are the closest thing to God! The creator of life. Thank you Mama for everything ❤️

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They say take the good with the bad. I’ll take it without ? #AJBXNG

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Sorry for not posting in a while.. I've just been hanging around waiting for a signature #AJBXNG

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"We’re going to fight each other, but it's interesting, because let's say worst happens with Povetkin, it don't stop me from having to fight them.

"They will still want to fight me, because we're big in the game. That fight will happen regardless who wins.

"If Wilder gets beat in that fight with Fury, I'll still fight Wilder down the line, or if Fury gets beat.

"With boxing, one corner loses, one corner wins, but because it's still a fight that the public will demand – big puncher, good stylistic fighter, good talkers – there will always be interest around the name of heavyweight boxing."

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 Anthony Joshua is calm and relaxed despite the huge night he has planned on September 22

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Anthony Joshua is calm and relaxed despite the huge night he has planned on September 22

Once again Joshua will go into his Wembley showdown with Povetkin as huge favourite – but he insists it is dangerous to look past the challenges the Russian will bring.

He added: "I think I've got good opponents on my record so far.

"Povetkin's a good one and I'm at that stage where I do want to look past Povetkin, because the division is alight, it's amazing.

"There's some real good challengers out there, but at the same time you've got to focus on your opponent in front of you, and that's why – is it a big threat? Yeah, but if I can't get past him then what can I say, everyone is going to be a big threat.

"I've got to dismantle Povetkin with ease, so I'm the threat, I'm the one to be reckoned with.

“It's been years since British boxing, especially at heavyweight, has got the respect it has today, and it's good to be leading the way, and Povetkin is a real game challenger, but he's got to come across myself, I'm game as well, and it will be a good fight.

"It's not going to be a quick one. We both can take a lot of punishment, and dish out a lot of punishment, and it's the first one to go."

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ANTHONY JOSHUA has posted an emotional throwback to his youth as he counts down the days to his heavyweight unification scrap.