Anthony Joshua weighed heavier than ever for his world title fight with Carlos Takam in Cardiff.
The WBA ‘super’ and IBF champion tipped the scales at 18st 2lbs, even more than his previous high of 17st 12lbs 20oz, as he weighed in for his heavyweight fight with Takam at the Principality Stadium on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Joshua was thought to have shed pounds after coming at his previous career heaviest for the Wladimir Klitschko fight, but he maintained his muscular physique for his latest title defence against Takam, who was over a stone lighter at 16st 11lbs.
There was mutual respect between both fighters as Joshua shared a long handshake with the France-based Cameroonian during the customary pre-fight face-off.
“I was reading everywhere that I was going to come in a stone lighter,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“I’ve done a lot more running. Maybe I’m starting to fill out and find my natural weight.
“Takam has a mindset of nothing to lose. That’s a dangerous mindset to have, but I have to deal with these styles.
“I have to break him down, I’m hungry still, forever I will be.
“Against Klitschko, it was a really intense fight, it’s just knowing my positioning in the ring and to be comfortable. The outcome remains the same on Saturday.”
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