Joshua Weighs In 19 Pounds Heavier Than Usyk For Heavyweight Title Defence
Zeeshan Mehtab 29 days ago Fri 24th September 2021 | 09:05 PM
Anthony Joshua weighed in 19 pounds heavier than Oleksandr Usyk ahead of the defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles in London on Saturday
London, Sept 24 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Sep, 2021 ) :Anthony Joshua weighed in 19 Pounds heavier than Oleksandr Usyk ahead of the defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles in London on Saturday.
Britain's Joshua, 31, tipped the scales at 240 pounds (109 kilograms), with the Ukrainian challenger coming in at a career-high 221.25 pounds.
The two combatants had an intense stare-down before smiles broke out and Joshua accepted Usyk's offer of a handshake.
As well as his weight advantage, Joshua will have the edge in height and reach and is favourite with bookmakers, but Usyk's movement and overall technical skillset from an awkward southpaw stance have led many seasoned observers to predict a close contest.
"Maybe if I'm fighting a shorter, stronger guy I might bulk up a bit, but I've got a good fighter with his legs, so I'm going to keep up with his footwork and hand speed and make sure I'm good right through for the duration." The fight is expected to draw a crowd of more than 60,000 fans at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua is taking on his WBO mandatory challenger after a potential bout with Tyson Fury, the British WBC champion, fell through.