The two fighters are competing for the vacant WBC international title, and Joshua believes that he is in for his toughest fight to date having never been taken past three rounds in his professional career.
The 24-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: "Bakhtov is a lot busier than my last opponent. I look at him the same as I looked at Matt Legg, one of my previous opponents, just with a lot more experience.
"Legg came out with a lot of hooks and gave it a go. Bakhtov can take punches for fun, and he'll be looking to get to me. Hopefully, he'll be the one eating a lot of shots. I have to get the win really. Simple as that."