Usyk vs AJ: Oleksandr Usyk weighs heaviest in marginal career ahead of world title defense Anthony Joshua | boxing news

Oleksandr Usyk was only slightly heavier for his rematch with Anthony Joshua, despite rumors of a major weight gain, as the two rivals shared a 107-second look on stage ahead of Saturday’s fight in Saudi Arabia .

The Ukrainian came in at 15th, 11lbs and 10oz after weighing 15th at 11lbs (221lbs) as he beat Joshua to clinch the IBF, WBA and WBO belts at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.

Joshua, who came into the first meeting 17th at 2lbs (240lbs), also built on his previous weight as he came in at 17th, 6lbs and 8oz.

Training streaks and speculation throughout the build-up had indicated a significant boost from Usyk in anticipation of a more aggressive, forefoot Joshua, contrary to the double world champion’s foiled plans. to match his opponent’s technical prowess in the opening bout.

“You see your expectations are not always met,” Usyk said afterwards.

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Usyk gives his opinion after a very intense weigh-in and confrontation against Joshua, before their crunch rematch

Where the two had exchanged pleasantries before their opening exchange in London, there was an icy feel to the proceedings as the rivals shared a long confrontation.

“I always say to me personally that showdowns don’t mean anything. Just about the bell ringing and us throwing leather, showdowns don’t win fights,” Joshua said onstage.

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Joshua gives his reaction to his intense one-on-one with Usyk, with the pair now one day away from their much-anticipated rematch

“I’m going to be honest, it all doesn’t matter, it’s just about the fight. The weight, the matchups, none of that matters to me, I’m just looking forward to the fight. fight.

“I’m just ready for 12 rounds, 100 percent, anything less than that is a bonus.”

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Anthony Joshua’s huge heavyweight rematch against Oleksandr Usyk will take place on Saturday August 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book Usyk vs. Joshua 2 now!

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