to Our live coverage of the heavyweight Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksandr Usyk showdown at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We’ll have all the prep for the big fight, including the undercard coverage, before the main event starts at some point after 10 p.m. BST.
Ukrainian Usyk weighed the heaviest of his career ahead of the world heavyweight title clash against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua.
Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion who only had two heavyweight fights, tipped the scales at 15st 11lbs while Joshua weighed in at 17st 2lbs. Joshua had to get to his lowest weight to help counter Usyk’s speed but, while he was slightly lighter than in his previous fight, the Briton was heavier than in his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.
“I don’t really watch my weight. I don’t know why the weight is important. Maybe because we are heavyweights so people are looking at us under our biggest weight,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“As long as you’re loose, nimble. Loose and heavy strokes, relaxed. I should be good. I was heavier and now that I’m lighter I should be able to do it more easily.”
Undefeated Usyk, 34, weighed four pounds more than in his last fight against Briton Derek Chisora. The Ukrainian dismissed concerns that he does not have the size and strength to take out Joshua, saying “the power is in your mind.”
“People talk a lot… we’ll see on Saturday what happens… because the power is in your mind, it’s not about being big or small,” said Usyk, who has only fought twice before. as a heavyweight.
Although new to the division, Usyk crossed the cruiserweight class after turning pro eight years ago, becoming one of the few unified boxing champions in 2018 by winning all four belts in the category.
“David Haye was three times smaller than Nikolai Valuev, which shows that it doesn’t matter,” he said.
The 34-year-old added that he expected a chess match in the early rounds of the bout. Joshua, who last fought in December 2020 when he knocked out Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev, said: “Happy to be back, you have to want to train and work, improve and train… I don’t am not an easy one to fight for anyone, I love to fight. God blessed me, showed me the way to get into boxing. “
The 31-year-old was due to face compatriot Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia this year, but the fight was called off after an American referee ordered Fury to face Deontay Wilder in a third fight.
“This fight gives me the motivation to practice. I want to give more and more every day. I’m still at camp now, it’s just another day at camp … if you tell me I was fighting King Kong , I would give it go. It’s my job. “