Anthony Joshua weighs heavier than Oleksandr Usyk ahead of their heavyweight title fight

Anthony Joshua weighs heavier than Oleksandr Usyk ahead of their heavyweight title fight
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A huge 40-foot mural of Anthony Joshua has been unveiled at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium ahead of his fight with Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Joshua has weighed in 19lbs heavier than his challenger  ahead of the heavyweight duo’s title bout tomorrow night.

Home favourite Joshua came in at 240lbs for the defence of his WBO, IBF and WBO straps, the same weight he carried for his fight against Kubrat Pulev in December.

The lead-up to the showdown in  London  has seen experts voice their opinions over Joshua’s leaner shape, but he will be heavier by more than a stone against Usyk

That is an increase on the 199.5lbs from his debut at heavyweight and the 217lbs for his triumph over Derek Chisora.

In his attempt to stun the crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and rock Joshua, the 34-year-old has been visibly piling on muscle in recent months.

Both fighters shared an intense stare down the day before they take to the ring, before Joshua accepted Usyk’s handshake and the two men smiled.

In front of the media and a small crowd at the O2 Arena in the capital, they took it in turns to flex their muscles, with Joshua amicably handing over to his challenger. 

Joshua also holds advantages in height and reach and is the favourite among bookmakers – although the bout is still expected to be a stern test.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Watford-born titan hinted at what his game-plan may entail, and plans to outmuscle Usyk. 

‘I can out-box him, of course I can,’ Joshua said. ‘And I can out-strength him.

‘You have to have a bit of aggression, boxing skill, head movement. There is not just one factor that determines a fight.

‘Obviously we have our go-to, our strength. I will use my strengths.

‘But it’s called a boxing match for a reason. I love the sweet science. I will display my boxing skills, but I won’t make it too complicated in there.’

He has also insisted that he will attempt to knockout the wily Ukrainian, but will be equally prepared for a lengthy slugfest. 

‘You always aim to prepare for a 12-round fight but hope to cut it short – you aim to knock people out,’ Joshua added.

‘You learn where their strengths are, where their weaknesses are. He has good stamina. So we work around, not just losing weight, but rounds of sparring and rounds on the heavy bag to generate good stamina.

‘We build boxing memory in our muscles so they don’t get fatigued when they are exploding on the opponent’s body and face.’

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