Previously, fans were surprised by Joshua’s slimmer appearance. Fans are worried that Joshua will not be able to show his best performance at a weight that is not ideal. “I’m not taking this position for granted, I’m committed to hours in the gym and we’ll do it,” Joshua said after weighing in.
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When compared to the weight against a number of previous boxers, Joshua’s weight ahead of the fight against Usyk is arguably lighter. Joshua’s weight is currently heavier than when he defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in a rematch in December 2019 at 107.5kg.
AJ has even been in the ring weighing more than 108 kg against Wladimir Klitschko and Carlos Takam. When he defeated Klitschko in April 2017, Joshua entered the ring weighing 113.3 kg. When beating Takam, Joshua’s weight reached 115.2 kg.
Joshua weighed 108 kg in his 9th round knockout win over Kubrat Pulev in December last year. Lowest weight winner
The 2012 London Olympics gold medal came in his third bout when he only weighed 102 kg while taming Hrvoje Kisicek.
On the challenger’s side, Usyk who is the undisputed king of cruiserweight will step into the ring with a weight of 100.2kg. The last time he fought in October, Usyk defeated Derek Chisora, weighing 98.4 kg. Weighing 100.2 kg, Usyk will have the biggest fight of his career than his first 18 professional fights.
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Caesars Sportsbook lists Joshua as the 3:1 favorite over the undefeated Usyk going into their fight for Joshua’s four heavyweight titles. Joshua-Usyk is expected to draw a crowd of nearly 70,000 to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) will defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles against Usyk, a highly skilled left-hander who won the heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) is the undisputed former cruiserweight champion who will face his toughest test in the Heavyweight division against an opponent who won the Super Heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.