Opinion | Apr 28 2017

Security, shoes & mayhem: The Joshua-Klitschko weigh-in

The Joshua-Klitschko weigh-in was a chaotic experience
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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko during the weigh-in  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

PEOPLE queued for hours to get into the Wembley Arena earlier today, just to watch some men strip to their waists and stand on a stage. The weigh-in for Joshua-Klitschko was a big event and hundreds of fans were waiting outside the venue when doors opened at midday.

After a slow crawl through security – with every bag checked – fans trickled in and filled the seating area while the media section just in front of the stage was buzzing with activity a good hour and half before the two protagonists were set to hit the scales.

The area soon became crowded and there were attempts by security to clear it so that photographers and cameramen were the only ones in it, but they were in vain. Although, Boxing News editor Matt Christie had to take in the first half of the weigh-in from a balcony with the public before eventually being let in to the media section.