to our live coverage of the Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight showdown at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. We’ll have all the build-up to the big fight including coverage of the undercard, before the main event gets under way at some point after 10pm BST.
Ukraine’s Usyk weighed in at the heaviest of his career ahead of the heavyweight world title clash against IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua.
Usyk, the former undisputed cruiserweight champion who has only had two heavyweight bouts, tipped the scales at 15st 11lbs while Joshua weighed in at 17st 2lbs. Joshua had been expected to come in at his lowest weight to help counter the speed of Usyk but, while he was slightly lighter than for his previous fight, the Briton was heavier than for his rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr.
“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,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Undefeated Usyk, 34, weighed four pounds more than in his last fight against Britain’s Derek Chisora. The Ukrainian has dismissed concerns that he does not possess the size and strength to take out Joshua, saying that “power is in your spirit”.
“People talk a lot… we’ll see on Saturday what happens… because the power is in your spirit, it’s not about being big or small,” said Usyk, who has fought only twice before as a heavyweight.
While new to the division, Usyk tore through the cruiserweight class after turning pro eight years ago, becoming one of boxing’s rare unified 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 initial rounds of the bout. Joshua, who last fought in December 2020 when he knocked out Bulgarian challenger Kubrat Pulev, said: “Happy to be back again, you have to want to train and put the work in and improve and practise… I’m not an easy fight for anyone, I like fighting. God has blessed me, shown me the path to get into boxing.”
The 31-year-old was slated to take on compatriot Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia this year but the fight was cancelled after an American arbitrator ordered Fury to take on Deontay Wilder in a third bout.
“This fight gives me the motivation to practise. I want to give more and more each day. I’m still in camp now, this is just another day in camp… if you tell me I was fighting King Kong I would give it a go. This is my job.”