Anthony Joshua weighed over a stone-and-a-half heavier than his opponent Alexander Povetkin as they weighed in for their world heavyweight title fight at Wembley.
Joshua was four pounds heavier than he was in his last title bout against Joseph Parker as he tipped the scales at 17st 81lbs 50z, with Povetkin coming in at 15st 12lbs; a stone and 10 pounds lighter for Saturday’s fight.
Anthony Joshua is of the opinion that Povetkin’s smaller physique is built for speed, but the unbeaten 28-year old insists he is agile and quick enough to bring up his 22nd professional victory.
The Russian boxer has obviously shaded-off weight and is lighter than he was in March when he defeated David Price. He has vowed to use this fight in ripping off the WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO titles from Joshua.
David Price had a sizeable weight and height advantage over Sergey Kuzmin, tipping the scales at 18st 13lbs 4oz, with the Russian unbeaten heavyweight in at 17st 6lbs 6oz.
“I am very delighted about the weight difference, I feel great, and “he told Sky Sports.
“I actually live very calmly with not much excitement, I’m ready. The very least I will do is to give everything I have.
“It’s one of my last biggest chances”.
At the lower ranks, Luke Campbell successfully made the 9st 9lbs lightweight limit for his rematch against Yvan Mendy, with the Hull native registering 9st 8lb 60z, and Mendy looked in peak condition at 9st 8lb 7oz.
For the British cruiserweight title, Lawrence Okolie coming in at 14st 3lb 3oz takes on the champion Askin who was also inside the 14st 4lb mark at 14st 3lb 8oz.
Still on the bout, Joshua told Sky Sports: “He’s going to be quick, going to be fast, so I will put on my dancing shoes and be fast with my feet”.
“I’m a physical, strong guy, who knows as to box”.