ANTHONY JOSHUA’S march towards becoming sport’s biggest star gathered pace today as hundreds of adoring fans turned up at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena to watch him stand on a set of scales, writes Matt Christie from the Anthony Joshua weigh-in. The WBA and IBF heavyweight champion weighed in at a career-high 254lbs – four pounds heavier than when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko in April, and 19lbs heavier than tomorrow night’s unfancied challenger, Carlos Takam.
The Parisian underdog’s physique was impressively sculpted and his 235lbs is significantly lower than he scaled when he defeated Tony Thompson (257lbs), and lost to both Joseph Parker (241lbs), and Alexander Povetkin (252lbs).
“I’m confident within myself but never over-confident,” said Joshua. “I don’t want to be cocky and make mistakes. I was reading everywhere that I was going to come in a stone lighter, as if I’ve been starving myself or something, but I definitely feel better than I have in previous fights.”