Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua have weighed in ahead of Saturday’s eagerly anticipated rematch at the Jeddah Superdome, and both men registered numbers close to what they brought into chapter one.
Usyk, 35, will be defending IBF, WBO and WBA titles against the very man he soundly outpointed in London last September. The Ukrainian southpaw came in at 221.5 pounds, which is just a quarter-pound heavier than last time.
“Your expectations [regarding me being heavier] are not always met,” Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) told Sky Sports in the U.K.
“We’ll see what happens tomorrow. Thank you very much. Lord help us.”
Joshua, 32, was the lightest he’s ever been at 244.5 pounds. In terms of revenge assignments, this is not the former unified titleholder’s first rodeo. In December 2019, he soundly outboxed Andy Ruiz (UD 12) to avenge a shocking seventh-round stoppage defeat six months earlier.
“Face offs don’t win fights,” said Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs). “All this stuff [about weight] don’t matter. Real talk: all this stuff don’t matter, I’m just looking forward to the fight.
“I’m 100-percent ready for 12 rounds.”
Tom Gray is managing editor for Ring Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing