At the weigh-in before their world heavyweight title battle, Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk locked in a heated last stare-down.
Following the presentation of their musclebound physiques for their world heavyweight title battle, Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk locked gazes.
Usyk was at his heaviest ever at 15st 11lbs, while Joshua weighed a robust 17st 2lbs (240lbs) (221lbs).
They both displayed their biceps and paid respect to each other’s physiques after a long and tense fight – any idea that Joshua would come in lighter to deal with Usyk’s quickness was debunked by his weight.
Joshua in an interview with Sky Sports said:
“I don’t really watch my weight. I don’t know why there is a big thing about weight. Maybe because we are heavyweights so people look at us at our heaviest.
“I have been there – I was 18st 2lbs at one stage [for the Carlos Takam fight]. But I still managed to throw a lot of combos and go 10 rounds.
“Now I should be able to do the 12 rounds easily because weight does make a difference.
“As long as you are loose, nimble. Loose and heavy, relaxed shots. I should be good.
“I was heavier and doing it so, now that I’m lighter, I should be able to do it with more ease.”
Joshua stated before of his 11th world title bout in a row:
“There is no game-plan. Just win. Because you never know what is going to happen when the first bell goes.”
Both Joshua and Usyk became Olympic gold medalists in London in 2012. While Joshua has won two heavyweight titles since then, Usyk has won the undisputed cruiserweight belt.
He is presently attempting to become the third boxer in history to win world titles in both cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions.