Just over 24 hours left for the boxing world to focus all its attention on the pitch of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London to enjoy a complete evening of boxing, in which the face-to-face between the British stands out above all Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) and the Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (18-0, 13 KO). Both have fulfilled this Friday at noon with the previous weigh-in of rigor, a face to face in which cordiality has prevailed, unlike, for example, what happened between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant, which ended in a brawl. The challenger Usyk hit the scale 100 kilograms dived, while Joshua, who we remember puts his belts of heavyweight champion of the AMB, the FIB and the OMB he weighed 109 kilograms, just the last thing he did in his last fight, the one he won by KO to Pulev kubrat, also in London, but in Wembley.
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A weigh-in to which ‘AJ‘he downplayed: “I really don’t take care of my weight. I am what I am. I don’t know why weight is so important. As long as you’re loose and agile nothing happens. It should be good. Before I weighed more and now that I’m lighter I should be able to do it more easily ”, said a relaxed Joshua to ‘Sky Sports’, before the gaze of a rival that many see in a clear disadvantage.
The fighter of Watford (31 years old) disputes this Saturday his second fight in the Covid era, after knocking out in the ninth round Kubrat Pulev, forgetting the defeat against Mexican Andy Ruiz. It is true that Joshua has a greater reach given his greater stature, but he will do well not to trust the Ukrainian boxer. Three years older than the British, the boxer born in Shypyntsi but resident in Oxnard (California, United States) is undefeated and last entered the ring on October 31, 2020, also at Wembley, in the victory against Dereck Chisora. Usyk enjoys this historic opportunity just two fights after moving up the division and scoring victories against Chazz witherspoon and the aforementioned Chisora.
Former Olympic champion who unified the four cruiserweight belts before gaining weight, the Ukrainian hopes to surprise the local idol, thanks to his greater agility and punching power, with 13 victories before the limit of 18 fights disputed.
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The evening will also include WBO cruiserweight world champion Lawrence Okolie (16-0, 13 KOs), who will put his world title on the line, for the first time against his mandatory challenger, Dilan Prasovic (15-0, 12 KOs), following his landslide sixth round win over Krzysztof Glowacki at Wembley SSE Arena in March.
Another of the night’s great moments will be starred by former WBA super middleweight world champion Callum Smith (27-1, 19 KOs), who will return to the ring at light heavyweight against Lenin Castillo (21-3-1, 16 KOs) following his points loss to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez in Texas last December.
Campbell Hatton (3-0), a promising lightweight boxer from Manchester, continues to shape his professional career in his next bout against Spaniard Izan Dura (3-7) in his first scheduled six-round match, following his comfortable victory. to points over Jakub Laskowski at Fight Camp.
Albanian King Florian Marku (8-0-1, 6 KOs) will look to build on his impressive knockout win over Rylan Charlton on Joshua’s undercard against Pulev last December, to challenge Milanese Maxim Prodan (19-0-1 , 15 KOs) for the IBF international welterweight title.
Lastly, undefeated Chicago middleweight Christopher Ousley (12-0, 9 KOs) will face Russian Khasan Baysangurov (21-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA intercontinental title; while Ukrainian light heavyweight Daniel Lapin (4-0) will face Pawel Martyniuk (4-7, 4 KOs) in six rounds.