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Joshua, Usyk make weight for heavyweight cracker

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk went face to face in an intense stare-down ahead of their world heavyweight title fight.

Joshua weighed a solid 17st 2lbs (240lbs) while Usyk was at his heaviest ever at 15st 11lbs (221lbs).

Their fascinating collision for the IBF, WBA and WBO belts comes up Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with 67,000 spectators expected to be in attendance.

AJ told Sky Sports: “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.

“I was heavier and doing it so, now that I’m lighter, I should be able to do it with more ease.”

Joshua said ahead of his 11th consecutive world title fight: “There is no game-plan. Just win. Because you never know what is going to happen when the first bell goes.”

Joshua and Usyk each won Olympic gold at London 2012. Since then, while Joshua has become a two-time heavyweight champion, Usyk won the undisputed cruiserweight title.

He is now bidding to become only the third boxer to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight, after Evander Holyfield and David Haye.

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